How do you celebrate being named the Worst Company in America two years running? You lay off more people, that’s how!
EA, the first company to have won The Consumerist‘s Golden Poo Award for Worst Company in America back-to-back, has started another round of layoffs within the company, according to reports. EA has not released which studios or units this will affect, but it comes only mere months after shuttering Visceral Games in Montreal.
EA released a statement Thursday discussing the layoffs in its characteristically-corporate tone:
EA is sharpening its focus to provide games for new platforms and mobile. In some cases, this involves reducing team sizes as we evolve into a more efficient organization. These are difficult decisions to let go of good people who have made important contributions to EA, and whenever possible we retrain or relocate employees to new roles. Streamlining our operations will help ensure EA is bringing the best next-generation games to players around the world.
Though they have received some credit for their support of equality in gaming, EA has spent most of 2013 fighting off bad press from angry gamers, most recently capped off by the disastrous launch of the rebooted SimCity and its subsequent PR bungling of damage control.