Rumor: PopCap Quietly Undergoing Layoffs

Rumor: PopCap Quietly Undergoing Layoffs

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PopCap may have received staff cuts for months without the industry catching on.

According to the rumor mill, it isn't just OnLive suffering a series of layoffs. Duke Nukem creator George Broussard took to Twitter yesterday to state that the popular casual developer PopCap, currently owned by Electronic Arts, would undergo a similar shakeup in the immediate future, stating that "layoffs are imminent at PopCap". Following his comments, a source "familiar with the matter" told VG24/7 that the issue goes much deeper; PopCap may have already begun its restructuring process, even going so far as to quietly let staff members go over the past several months.

It's important to note that this is still in the rumor stage. After all, the implication that layoffs have been occuring for months when OnLive's secret couldn't be kept for a single day is mindboggling. It was also just yesterday that PopCap's Plants vs. Zombies 2 was announced, a follow-up to PopCap's lucrative smash hit. EA was even considered to be taking a hands-off approach when it came to the popular casual developer. That said, PopCap certainly wouldn't be the first team to face immense difficulties behind the scenes, so the issue may warrant further investigation.

As expected, EA representatives have stated that the company will not comment on rumors and speculation, although if the rumor continues any further, an official statement could follow regardless.

Source: VG24/7, via develop

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Broussard? More like Buzzard amIright?

But seriously folks, you know those people are already fired.

Things are tough all over, but I am a little surprised that even PopCap are struggling. My guess is that they regret the EA buyout right now - if they kept things tight then they might not be loosing staff, they might be in much better shape... it seems to me that EA have done nothing except cash in.

Popcap isn't going out of business, but I imagined they were doing fantastic. Whatever they're doing it sucks for these guys losing their job.

This doesnt seem like news. People get laid off and hired all the time in the business world. Since it has been going on for several months I suspect its just standard business as usual. That is if these rumors are even true. The whole thing seems fairly questionable to me.

surg3n:
Things are tough all over, but I am a little surprised that even PopCap are struggling. My guess is that they regret the EA buyout right now - if they kept things tight then they might not be loosing staff, they might be in much better shape... it seems to me that EA have done nothing except cash in.

EA may regret buying out popcap. EA has been spending alot of money on investments such as popcap and the old republic.

Nooooo! They're the only casual game developer that's actually innovating!

 

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