Something tells me that this might be because of Sim City or the BF4 pre-order numbers don't look too good so far. Or maybe it's to cover "The Golden Parachute" of the leaving CEO? Anyway you look at it, it's sad they lost their jobs but it's also nice to see that EA is hurting from those 2 worst company awards back-to-back.
Dead corpse walking. I don't think anything can save ea now. They can change the ceo`s and what else they want, but it doesn't matter, because the greedy shareholders will still be there. Whoever they put in charge will be just a slave to corporate greed, and greed makes them blind. They don't see us customers, they don't hear our words, they see just numbers in their balances. bb EA.
The Issue we're facing here is, regardless of your thoughts on EA, the traditional style game developer is facing issues with the new way to sell games. They either have to make them massively marketed and hyped (which costs lots of money), make them all have large development cycles, decent marketing, and high quality, like we all love (but this yields not as much profic), or they make them free to play with limited development cycles and little short term gain, but potential long term gain. And none of these always work for the publisher, so they have serious income issues. We already lost THQ, and I think all the other companies are suffering.
John Riccitiello was a good start, but they need to get rid of the other executives like Peter Moore in order to really shake things up at EA. The company needs a house cleaning starting at the top. Hitting the bottom will not change anything. I also recall that's a Bioware studio that's getting hit. Worst Company in America indeed.