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Electronic Arts Slashes Workforce 188

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from the survival-of-the-fittest dept.
Dawn Kawamoto writes "Electronic Arts has been slashing jobs in recent weeks and according to Kotaku the size of the layoffs has reached as much as 10 percent of its workforce. The game maker says it's making the move to align its workforce closer to mobile and new technologies. For the console dinosaur that's trying to fight extinction by evolving into a bigger mobile player, this process has been a painful transition with a number of employees ending up in the tar pit - as well as its CEO."
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Electronic Arts Slashes Workforce

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  • by gmhowell (26755) <gmhowell@gmail.com> on Thursday April 25, 2013 @07:25PM (#43551071) Homepage Journal

    Let me go get my Marshmallows. Good riddance to bad rubbish.

    You may not want to eat anything cooked over flaming toxic waste.

  • by Arith (708986) on Thursday April 25, 2013 @07:40PM (#43551173)

    Let me go get my Marshmallows. Good riddance to bad rubbish.

    You may not want to eat anything cooked over flaming toxic waste.

    Toxic marshmallows give superpowers

  • by Moheeheeko (1682914) on Thursday April 25, 2013 @07:42PM (#43551189)

    Let me go get my Marshmallows. Good riddance to bad rubbish.

    You may not want to eat anything cooked over flaming toxic waste.

    Toxic marshmallows give superpowers

    "And Meltman, with the power to...melt!"

  • Re:Dinosaur (Score:4, Funny)

    by owlnation (858981) on Thursday April 25, 2013 @08:35PM (#43551521)

    What non-game software did EA used to make? I can't think of anything, and a quick Google doesn't turn anything up.

    DRM? It turns most games into non-games, very quickly.

  • by DrVomact (726065) on Thursday April 25, 2013 @10:35PM (#43552153) Journal

    and they're slashing workforce? wtf? Is this a sudden dive in quality or is the better tech being used to reduce the number of developers/artists needed? They guy that did the meshes for Metroid Prime spent a month on optimization for the final boss alone. That's not really needed when you've got 8 gigs of ram I suppose.

    Ah, young grasshoper, thou hast evidently not learned the subtleties of Scientific Management. Members of this group use a very special sort of language. That is, it's sort of a language, composed of technical terms (a.k.a. "jargon"). To quote TFA:

    In recent weeks, EA has aligned all elements of its organizational structure behind priorities in new technologies and mobile.

    The terms in bold are technical terms that thou might mistake for English. I shall translate them into normal English for thee, so you can fully understand that they are not English:

    • aligned: "to break"; ex: "Stalin aligned the party's thinking by killing every member who disagreed with him."
    • elements: people, but with the connotation of "objects", or perhaps "resources"; ex: "The Battle of Black Mountain was the outcome of a long series of injustices inflicted by the coal mine bosses on their elements".
    • organizational structure: A way to stupefy people until their collective intelligence is roughly equal to a cubic kilometer of crayfish, while making them believe it's the only way to get things done; alternate meaning: a sort of meat grinder; ex: Attila the Hun dominated by means of a very flat but effective organizational structure.
    • priorities: Anything that the elite of the organizational structure think is important; ex: "Chickens do not understand the farmer's priorities—until it's too late.
    • new technologies: vague; refers to anything considered by the heads of a power structure to be a priority; ex: "Well just keep promising them new technologies and raking in their money until they catch on".
    • mobile: They have a getaway strategy.

    By the way, I did not comprehend your references to "Metroid Prime" and "8 gigs". Perhaps I am missing one of your little jokes again, ha ha?

  • by sunwukong (412560) on Friday April 26, 2013 @12:28AM (#43552629)

    Quick, license that IP and put it on Origin!

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