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Less than a year after Electronic Arts announced it would create 300 new jobs at its Galway, Ireland, customer service center, the publisher has cut a number of positions at the outfit, according to a statement provided to Irish news site The Journal.
The exact number of cuts was not divulged, though The Journal said it understands the figure is under 20. A spokesperson for IDA Ireland, the group responsible for attracting foreign investment in the country, told the publication it “has a longstanding relationship with EA–the company continues to employ significant numbers in the Galway area.”
EA’s customer support center in Galway originally opened in September 2011 with the sole purpose of supporting BioWare’s massively multiplayer online role-playing game Star Wars: The Old Republic. This changed a year later, when EA said the facility would also provide multilingual support and services for its major games.
EA’s Galway outfit is just one of the company’s studios to be hit with layoffs of late. Last Thursday, the publisher confirmed cuts as a means to “streamline” its business in preparation for the upcoming console transition. Layoff totals were not officially divulged, though Joystiq reports this figure includes 60 to 70 permanent employees and over 100 contract workers, mostly quality assurance testers.
Layoff news at EA comes a month after former CEO John Riccitiello admitted that EA would miss its financial projections for the full-year ended March 31.
“This is a tough decision, but it all comes down to accountability,” Riccitiello said in his resignation letter last month. “The progress EA has made on transitioning to digital games and services is something I’m extremely proud of. However, it currently looks like we will come in at the low end of, or slightly below, the financial guidance we issued in January, and we have fallen short of the internal operating plan we set one year ago. EA’s shareholders and employees expect better and I am accountable for the miss.”
Eden Games “Test Drive dev” Closed by Atari after attempted strike, (Another Example and one step closes to Game Unions?)
Alone in the Dark and Test Drive Unlimited developer Eden Games has closed, the Lyon, France-based studio has confirmed (via Eurogamer).
The studio originally opened in 1998.
The official closure of Eden Games comes nearly a year after studio owner Atari labeled the studio as “discontinued operations,” suggesting its shutdown was not far away.
The studio’s final game was 2011′s warmly received Test Drive Unlimited 2 for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC. Previously developed titles include 2008′s Alone in the Dark and the 2006 original Test Drive Unlimited.
In 2011, Eden Games formed a “symbolic strike” aimed at protesting a wave of forthcoming layoffs at the firm, believed to total as many as 80. A letter from Eden Games claimed “mismanagement” on the part of Atari and noted the publisher was not willing to enter negotiations with the studio.