We were talking about the acquisition at work yesterday. I have worked on two of the battlefield games and it is such a shame to hear that this is how the canada studio is being treated. We also talk amongst ourselves on how our jobs or not safe either. The majority of EA employees are contracted out including the dev team and QA, and nothing stops them from getting rid of you.
At my last term served at EA i was literally told to leave first thing one morning. Our complaince team was Microsoft based and because BF, burnout and black all finished at the same time, there were no more MS titles to work on. We had been praised for months at our success rate from MS but this was insignificant. No work for us meant wasting EAs money.
Our whole team was told to go until further notice. No ones job is safe. Fortunately, most of us are back. EA is not a computer games company, it is a Business Asset. An investment. Its unfortunate but it is also the way of the world. At the same time EA has done alot for the gaming community and brought it to the masses, made it more accessible, acceptable etc…
When i have enough choice iwould like to move ot a more dedicated studio, but you cant argue with the credentials of THE biggest game development company by miles. I dont see EA’s success lasting forever. They gonna be around for a long time still, but other companies or soon coming to the forefront, and EAs tactics will also be their cause for failure.