Report: EA Lays Off 200 Apex Legends QA Testers Story-level
More than 200 QA staff who primarily worked on Apex Legends were laid off.
As reported by KotakuEA’s Baton Rouge, Louisiana office has laid off its QA team.
The sources said the job ad came from an unscheduled and mandatory meeting with his contract firm, Magnit Global.
In addition, full-time supervisors affected by the test equipment shutdown will receive 60 days of severance.
Regarding today’s layoffs, an EA spokesperson said: “Testing games is an integral part of delivering the best experiences for our players.
“As part of our ongoing global strategy, we are expanding the distribution of our Apex Legends testing team and ending test execution that has been concentrated in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, impacting the services provided by our third-party provider.”
The move is said to have not changed the status of EA’s Baton Rogue study; remains open and operational.
The news of the redundancy comes a month after the gaming firm announced that Apex Legends Mobile would be shutting down on May 1.
The year has already seen some layoffs in the industry.
Wizards of the Coast made layoffs in early January. Additionally, Ubisoft noted that it will tighten its belt during the month which will involve a “targeted restructuring” and the sale of “non-essential” parts of the business.
Meanwhile, Netease disbanded the team behind its departure Blizzard, and Unity cut 284 employees.
Microsoft also reduced its workforce by 10,000; Bethesda Game Studios and 343 Industries were affected.