According to a report by GamesIndustry International, Electronic Arts has closed its German-based studio, EA Phenomic.
“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,” a statement from EA reads, in part. “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.”
EA Phenomic is best known as a developer of real-time strategy games including BattleForge, Lord of Ultima, Spellforce and Command & Conquer: Tiberium Allainces which was a free-to-play browser based game. The company was founded in 1997 by Volker Wertich as “Phenomic Game Development”. The studio was acquired by EA in 2006 and renamed “EA Phenomic”.
EA’s restructuring has so far included layoffs at its Montreal mobile studio, EA Hyderabad, Playfish and the company’s customer support centre in Ireland. Studios PopCap Vancouver and Quicklime have also been closed.