Electronic Arts closed real-time strategy game developer EA Phenomic, according to GamesIndustry International.
The Germany-based Phenomic employed around 60 people and focused primarily on real-time strategy games. The studio most recently released free-to-play Command & Conquer: Tiberium Alliances for web browsers in 2012.
EA is restructuring its business to cut costs. This is the latest in a series of layoffs that begain around the time that former chief executive John Riccitiello departed the publisher.
“As part of EA’s realignment in recent weeks, we have announced internally a small adjustment to some development staff to better focus our teams against priority growth areas,” an EA spokesperson told GamesBeat. “The decision to let people go is not something we take lightly, and we are working to ensure that impacted employees are treated fairly and with respect for their contributions to EA, and with assistance to find other job opportunities.
“These are hard but essential changes as we focus on delivering great games and showing players around the world why to spend their time with us.”
We’ve reached out to EA to determine what will happen to Command & Conquer: Tiberium Alliances.
Former EA CEO Larry Probst is currently overseeing the publisher as executive chairman while the board of directors looks for Riccitiello’s replacement. In March, Riccitiello announced he was stepping down as he felt responsible for Electronic Arts missing its earnings goals.
Since Riccitiello’s departure, EA has made a series of layoffs in an effort to cut costs and give the next CEO a fighting chance. The company has cut jobs in its mobile division, some of its console developers, its business sector, and more.