EA confirms Montreal layoffs

Electronic Arts has confirmed a "very small number" of layoffs at Army Of Two developer EA Montreal, as the studio switches its focus from packaged goods to digital products.

GamesIndustry.biz sources indicated that the number of staff affected could be as high as 50, but EA said in a statement: "EA Montreal is reorganizing some teams to focus on digital initiatives, including new mobile and social projects.

"These are routine changes which address the cyclical nature of the game industry. A very small number of employees will be impacted – many will be assigned to new projects at EA, others will leave the company."

The company added: "Overall, we expect that EA's headcount will be up at the end of this year," reiterating the company's line from last week about its global workforce.”

EA Montreal has also worked on the Skate, SSX, Spore, NHL and The Sims franchises.

Earlier this month EA dismissed reports claiming that it was set to lay off between 500 and 1,000 staff, reducing its total workforce by five to 11 per cent.