News: As was feared five weeks ago, PopCap’s Dublin office has been closed by parent company Electronic Arts in a restructuring move.
The writing was already on the wall about a month ago, and now it’s been confirmed. Amidst a restructuring effort that includes a series of layoffs, Electronic Arts had decided to close the Dublin office of its subsidiary PopCap.
MCV has confirmed the news and reports that 96 people have been affected by the closure. Here is the official statement:
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 centralised 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.
Yes, less developers, more customer service! There’s already a couple of tweets from the affected employees, including from associate producer John Vaughan.
PopCap had recently announced the much-anticipated sequel Plants vs Zombies 2.