EA has denied a report that 500-1,000 layoffs, representing 5-10 percent of the workforce, are about to hit the company.
The publisher told MCV
there are no layoffs "as such." The company rep said, "At any given time there are new people coming in and others leaving
. EA is growing and hiring and building teams to support the growing demand for digital games and services."
The layoff rumor comes from StartupGrind
, which claims that the ax was originally expected to drop last Monday. The site says it has "confirmed they're coming very soon."
Although "seasonal roll-offs
" are nothing new for the publisher, it's been a while since mass layoffs hit the company
: EA corporate communications sent the following statement to Joystiq: "EA is growing and looking to hire hundreds of people for our digital, console, mobile and social games. Like all game companies, we make occasional adjustments to resize teams as projects are completed and new priorities are established. Overall, we expect that headcount will be up at the end of this year."