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Electronic Arts lays off staff at Montreal studio

  • Videogame publisher Electronic Arts (EA) has laid off staff at its Montreal game studio as part of its latest round of jobs cuts.

    The move comes less than a month after former Chief Executive John Riccitiello stepped down after taking responsibility for missed operational targets.

    The company behind the FIFA and Sims games declined to confirm the number of jobs affected, or how many people it employs in Montreal.

    "EA is sharpening its focus to provide games for new platforms and mobile. In some cases, this involves reducing team sizes as we evolve into a more efficient organization," the California-based company said in a statement.

    Former CEO and Chairman Larry Probst has been appointed Executive Chairman until the company finds a new CEO.

    In recent years, EA has seen a sharp drop in growth as more gamers turn to free games available on social networks and mobile devices.