Unfortunate news has rocked the game industry again, as another company gets rid of a significant number of people working for it. This time, EA is the culprit. The company will be firing 350 at the company. As a result, EA Japan will no longer exist.
Information on the firings first came from an internal email sent by EA CEO Andrew Wilson on March 26, 2019. In it, it revealed people in the marketing and publishing departments would be the ones hit hardest by the consolidation efforts. Kotaku noted a source told the outlet that marketing hiring and travel freezes had been in effect for "several months" and these firings had been expected "since at least October ." An EA representative also said that all people who will be leaving the company will receive severance and "other resources."
As part of these layoffs, two divisions are being shutdown. In the initial announcement, EA said Japan and Russia would be hit. Famitsu then confirmed this, saying that EA Japan will be closing down. Its report included a statement from EA that claimed the company is still going to offer games and support for the country. It noted the region is still "an important market" The two most recent games EA released in Japan were Anthem and Apex Legends.
EA did not note what kind of impact, if any, these dismissals will have on the company's games going forward. We'll have to wait and see as 2019 continues on.