Electronic Arts has confirmed that it has 'streamlined' operations in its Galway, Ireland customer service centre in order to "sharpen focus to provide games for new platforms and mobile." In English, it means that the company has made staff cuts.
The publisher declined to comment on numbers, but The Journal
reports that some 20 employees have been made redundant. Six months ago, EA announced plans to invest in the Irish office to create some 300 jobs in the area, so hearing of this news is a shame.
"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," reads a statement by EA. "Streamlining our operations will help ensure EA is bringing the best next-generation games to players around the world."
The Galway office was initially established to offer customer support for Star Wars: The Old Republic
, but then expanded to include other EA titles such as FIFA 13
. News of redundancies here follows that of prior job cuts at EA Montreal last week.