One of the many caveats to working in the video game industry these days is that mass layoffs and studio closings have become all too common: and neither small nor multi-million dollar companies are completely safe from the sways of the industry’s constant changes and demands. So it is with a heavy heart that we here at Gamezebo have to announce today that Electronic Arts has made the decision to close down its North Carolina studio, which operated under EA’s “All Play” label and worked on casual and free-to-play mobile games.
The Escapist is reporting that the closing of EA’s North Carolina studio has been confirmed by an anonymous source, and a quick click on the studio’s now defunct website only seems to reinforce this fact. Luckily, the anonymous source has also claimed that “most” of the employees at the North Carolina studio have been offered jobs elsewhere at EA, so at least their talents will still be put to good use in the future.
While there was no official reason given for the closing of EA’s North Carolina studio, it’s interesting to note that their latest mobile game, Monopoly Hotels, was recently rebranded as “Monopoly Hotels Moguls” just this past week, where it quickly rose once again to the top of the free-to-play charts.