EA closes Need for Speed developers
Only recently EA issued a profit warning, wherein they announced to reduce workforce. Now EA means business and closes several departments - among them EA Black Box the creators of the Need for Speed series.
Until end of March 2009 another 400 employees will lose their job. EA announced to cut 600 jobs in October already. Thus about 10 percent of the staff has to leave. With these actions the company wants to save 120 million US-Dollar per year, but because of the reorganization EA will have to face additional costs of 55 to 65 million US-Dollar.
The company wants to close down nine departments, Black Box being the most prominent among them. The studio recently was participating in the production of the Need for Speed series. All franchises of EA Black Box will be continued by the studio in Burnaby.
According to a report at golem.de EA also wants to reduce the product portfolio in favor of games with potentially bigger margins of profit and also wants to take "creative risks”.
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