Electronic Arts has laid off a number of employees at its Montreal-based mobile game development studio, according to a Polygon report. The company says that these layoffs are part of an overall strategy to streamline operations, though the mobile studio seems to have been impacted the hardest in this latest round of job cuts. No word on whether EA is cutting jobs elsewhere.
"EA is sharpening its focus to provide games for new platforms and mobile," a spokesperson for the company told Polygon. "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."
Rumors about the layoffs first circulated this morning on Twitter. As of this writing it is unknown how many employees have been let go, but prior to the layoffs the studio employed an estimated 300 employees. The studio is known for creating a variety of licensed and non-licensed mobile titles including Tetris and Scrabble.