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More layoffs surface at EA's global branches

Reports of layoffs continue to come in from various global branches of Electronic Arts following last week's news that the publisher was "reducing team sizes".

The Journal reported last Friday, EA let go of aproximatley 20 employeees from its customer service center in Galway, Ireland. The layoffs come after EA announced a 300 person expansion last September, to join the 200 employees already established at the Galway branch.

In addition, MCV India reported that about 50 employees from EA's Hydrabad studio in India were laid off last week. EA later confirmed the layoffs to MCV India but would not confirm how many people were impacted.

MCV India reports the Hydrabad layoffs were tied to EA's decisions to shut down three Playfish titles. Develop also reported earlier this week that the social game developer Playfish also had layoffs at the hands of EA last month, according to an internal source. EA announced Monday that it is shutting the operation of Playfish Facebook titles SimCity Social, The Sims Social and Pet Society in June 14.

The video game corporation laid off an undisclosed number of people at its EA Mobile Montreal studio on April 11. At the time an EA spokesperson told Polygon that "EA is sharpening its focus to provide games for new platforms and mobile."

The recent world wide redundancies follow layoffs at EA's Los Angeles and Montreal studios in February as part of a "console transition."