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Electronic Arts lay off staff at `GoldenEye: Rogue Agent`s LA studio

27-Jan-2005 • Gaming

The bad news just keeps rolling in for EA this week, on the back of lacklustre performance from "GoldenEye: Rogue Agent" in the USA's December sales chart, and a reported profits fall.

Electronic Arts today laid off 60 staff members from its Los Angeles offices (EALA). Though EALA houses music and mobile production teams, the cuts primarily affected EALA's game development studio - reports IGN (USA).

IGN spoke with an EA spokesperson, who explained that the layoffs are intended to streamline the studio in order to become a next-generation development force. EALA general manager Neil Young, who joined took the position September, supervised the reorganization.

Head count in the studio division is now about 320, down from 380 employees. EALA as a whole now employs about 365 people.

While the EALA studio was most recently working on GoldenEye: Rogue Agent and Medal of Honor: Dogs of War, the EA spokesperson emphasized that the layoffs did not target specific title teams, nor are any game schedules affected by the cuts.

Thanks to `BB` for the alert.

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