EA has laid off an unspecified number of staff at its Los Angeles and Montreal studios, EA Labels boss Frank Gibeau has confirmed.
In an official statement, Gibeau said, "Thousands of our existing employees have been retrained and redeployed to work on the new platforms and initiatives. But when it is not possible to redeploy a team, we soften the tough decisions with assistance.
He added, "This week we let some people go in Los Angeles, Montreal as well as in some smaller locations. These are good people and we have offered outplacement services and severance packages to ease their transition to a new job."
Update:An EA rep has issued the following statement to Game Informer:
"Today EA internally announced some adjustments to select development teams to align staff and skills against priority growth areas, including new technologies and mobile. Many employees are being retrained for new positions; however a small number will be released. These are great, talented people and we wish them well. EA is growing globally, and we expect our headcount to increase this year."
Despite various unconfirmed reports indicating that Visceral Games' Montreal-based studio could be set to close altogether, the EA rep added, "EA Montreal is a key development studio where our long-term plan is to sharpen our teams' focus on consoles and mobile games."
Visceral Montreal is currently working on Army of Two: The Devil's Cartel.