EA consolidates studios
announced today that it is consolidating its Los
Irvine, and Las
Vegas studios to form a new Los
Angeles campus. With this consolidation, Westwood Studios
will close immediately, translating into about 100 layoffs. The majority of
workers have already been offered transfer options, as EA still has plans to
support and create new content for Earth & Beyond, despite the closure.
“In the fourth
quarter, EA will begin the consolidation of our Los
Irvine and Las
Vegas studios into a major game development studio in
Los Angeles. Once complete, we will
have major centralized studio operations in Vancouver, British Columbia; Redwood
Shores, Walnut Creek, and Los Angeles, California; Orlando, Florida; Tokyo,
Japan; and Chertsey, United Kingdom."
We’ll continue to
cover this story over the next few weeks.