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EA Maxis-Spore Hit with Layoffs

Posted by ballightning on August 27, 2009

The Maxis headquarters in Redwood, California have been the host of the latest job cuts as the gaming industry faces the global recession. In the home place of spore today, Maxis have confirmed that members of the spore team have been layed off.

“Often in the video game industry, the size of a studio fluctuates in response to business conditions. In this case, EA has taken action to reduce the workforce at Maxis as we focus the business and focus Maxis,” an EA spokesperson told IGN.

EA is still fully backing Spore, mentioning some of its upcoming titles.

“EA remains fully committed to SPORE and other IP within Maxis, with games planned for launch in the next few months, including Spore Hero, coming to the Wii for the first time, and Spore Hero Arena on the DS. All eligible employees will receive severance and outplacement assistance.” 

EA wouldn’t comment on how many employees were let go, however.

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One Response to “EA Maxis-Spore Hit with Layoffs”

  1. Primadog said

    Around 24 employees of Maxis was layoff, (according to a certain blog), which is fairly significant considering Spore had just over 80 near the original’s release. http://chrishecker.com/My_Liner_Notes_for_Spore

    Take care of yourselves, former Maxis***’s, your work here would be fondly remembered by the community!

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