June 10, 2023 1:03 am

Electronic Arts (EA) has announced plans to reduce six % of its workforce, equal to about 800 jobs.

In a memo posted Wednesday, EA CEO Andrew Wilson told staff that the well known video game business is “moving away from projects that do not contribute to our technique, reviewing our genuine estate footprint, and restructuring some of our teams.”

“These choices are anticipated to influence around six % of our company’s workforce. This is the most challenging aspect, and we are functioning via the method with the utmost care and respect,” Wilson wrote in his memo.

“Where we can, we are offering possibilities for our colleagues to transition onto other projects. Exactly where that is not feasible, we are offering severance spend and further positive aspects such as wellness care and profession transition solutions,” he added. “Communicating these choices started earlier this quarter and we anticipate them to continue via early subsequent fiscal year.”

According to a Securities and Exchange Commission filing obtained by CNBC, EA, the maker of well known video game franchises such as Madden NFL and FIFA, is expecting to take impairment charges ranging from $170 to $200 million.

This comes following EA reported falling quick of quarterly income estimates in January and offered a bookings forecast that was weaker than anticipated, CNBC reported. 

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The job cuts at EA adhere to announcements of a slew of layoffs at other tech providers such as Spotify, Microsoft, Amazon and Meta. The providers have cited slow income development and increasing issues about the U.S. facing one more recession period. 

Disney also lately eliminated its Metaverse unit, which housed 50 staff, as aspect of its program to lay off 7,000 staff to save the business billions of dollars. 

“I want to extend my deep appreciation to all our staff who have contributed to our outstanding story so far. It is via your like of games that we continue to provide on our mission of inspiring the globe to play,” Wilson mentioned in his memo. “Looking forward, we are focused on writing our subsequent fantastic chapter by bringing extra awesome games to extra people today about the globe — inspiring them to create neighborhood, participate in shared fandom, and have joyful experiences.”

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