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Electronic Arts (EA) has axed a number of jobs at its EA Mobile Montreal and EA Mobile Brazil offices, suggesting diminishing confidence in the mobile gaming market.

Electronic Arts (EA) has axed a number of jobs at its EA Mobile Montreal and EA Mobile Brazil offices, suggesting diminishing confidence in the mobile gaming market.

 
The total number of employees laid off is not known, but Joystiq reports that 60 to 70 permanent staff have lost their jobs in Montreal, while UOL Jogos reports that the entire Brazillian mobile division of EA is being closed, resulting in a further 30 to 40 job losses.
 
100 contracted quality assurance testers at the Montreal office will also be looking for new work, and it is not yet known if the cuts will affect other departments of EA, including the firm's larger non-mobile division in Montreal, which also houses one of BioWare's teams. The company has remained tight-lipped about how the layoffs will affect its games.
 
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“EA is sharpening its focus to provide games for new platforms and mobile. In some cases, this involves reducing team sizes as we evolve into a more efficient organization,” EA said in a statement. “These are difficult decisions to let go of good people who have made important contributions to EA, and whenever possible we retrain or relocate employees to new roles. Streamlining our operations will help ensure EA is bringing the best next-generation games to players around the world.”
 
EA has been struggling to turn itself around in the face of poor financial performance, most recently including a $45 million loss in its fiscal third quarter. The company's CEO, John Riccitiello, stepped down last month, taking the blame for the bad figures, which suggested EA would underperform again in the months of January to March. These recent job losses are likely a response to the plummeting figures, and possibly only the start of other cuts at the company.
 
Source: Joystiq