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EA Denies Staff Cut Rumors Due to Poor Battlefield 3 and SW:TOR Sales

Posted on April 16, 2012 AT 06:45am

THE BUZZ: EA has denied reports of a planned staff cut due to poor game sales.

Earlier today rumors began circulating stating that EA would cut between 5-11 percent of its workforce, around 500-1000 jobs, due to the poor performance of Battlefield 3 and Star Wars: The Old Republic. According to sources neither game managed to make back what the publisher spent in advertising and that was the reason for the cut.

The publisher has denied these rumors.

“There are no lay-offs as such, we always have projects growing and morphing,” EA told MCV. “At any given time there are new people coming in and others leaving. EA is growing and hiring and building teams to support the growing demand for digital games and services.”

EGM’s TAKE: It appears that people will be leaving the company, according to the statement given by EA. However, this is more down to the natural ebb and flow of the company due to major titles having now shipped. It’s crazy to think that Battlefield 3 performed badly. The game has a massive following and there are still plenty of devoted fans playing it now, although it did have a large advertising budget. EA recently announced that The Old Republic has 1.5 million active subscribers. Considering that BioWare previously stated only 500,000 were needed to break event, there is no way that the game has under-performed.

Do you feel that either game has under-performed? Let us know in the comments below.

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