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EA Closes PopCap Dublin Studio

Jonathan Lester
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EA Closes PopCap Dublin Studio

"The Emerald Dream Is Over"

EA has shuttered PopCap's Dublin studio following a period of intense reorganisation. The 96 employees, many of whom were tasked with localisation as well as mobile development, are apparently being provided with "outplacement support" or new positions within the EA infrastructure. More details after the break.

"So that's that then," tweeted PR manager Stu Taylor. "The emerald dream is over. To the pub, Batman!"

PopCap has been feeling the pressure from the emerging free to play and social markets following EA's buyout, and this move has apparently been taken to cut down on "duplicative" positions. That said, it always stings to see a British developer axed, and we wish the very best of luck to the 96 employees.

MCV received the following statement from EA:

  • The consultation period in Ireland has been completed, and after having consulted fully with the employee representatives the PopCap leadership team has decided to close our Dublin office.
  • 96 people have been affected by the decision. PopCap has provided outplacement support and many employees have offers in other parts of PopCap, at EA or new opportunities with technology partners in Ireland.
  • Europe remains a critical market for PopCap and we will continue to grow our presence through centralized services operated from our North American offices and through the extensive European EA network.
  • In Ireland, EA announced last week the addition of 300 jobs for its European Customer Experience Center in Galway, almost doubling the number of staff. The Galway facility currently employs close to 400 people.

EA's controversial buyout didn't sit well with many gamers, and the popular mobile games company has been in a somewhat tenuous situation of late (not helped by a near-finished game, Popcorn Dragon, failing to reach the App Store). Let's hope that Plants vs Zombies 2 marks a turnaround and return to form for the studio.

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Late  Sep. 24, 2012 at 16:17

The old PopCap CEO, Dave Roberts, gets to keep his 750 million dollars from the sale of the company to EA, though, so it's all good. The dozens of people who've lost their jobs will be so pleased.

You can't blame the Mr Roberts, of course. He got offered an insane amount of money to hand the company over, and it'd probably be stupid to turn it down (especially if the market it was in took a big downturn just as the sale went through). But it's awful to see a great company have it's guts ripped out and loads of people made unemployed. :(

[I confess I know little about this, tbh, and am going from impressions and headlines. I have no idea if these lay-offs mean the company has less employees than it had when EA acquired it (I seem to recall they took a lot of people back end of last year), and I don't know who the shareholders of PopCap were - nor how much of that reported $750m went to the CEO.
I'm usually happy to make sensationalist comments though, and it's a slow day at work... :D ]

Last edited by Late, Sep. 24, 2012 at 16:28

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