BioWare Cutting Austin Staff
By: Leon Castles
on Wednesday, May 23, 2012
BioWare, a division of Electronic Arts Inc has now made an announcement that they will be cutting their staff in Austin office. Although, the company has not revealed on the number of people that they will lay off but they have confirmed that they will be doing that soon. The decision to lay off the staff has shocked many of the employees in the company as BioWare just released one of their most expensive video game in the market. Andrew Wong, spokesman of BioWare said that the decision of the company will help the company to restructure the studio in a better way and it has nothing to do with the revenue.
The spokesman also said that although the company has decided to lay off some of the staff the company will provide an opportunity to employees to join other projects in EA in Austin if they choose to stay with the company. Just a few months ago, Electronic Arts opened their new office in North Austin which they call Worldwide Customer Experience. The company hired more than 600 employees for the office. Soon after that, BioWare came up with Star Wars: The Old Republic which was developed at the studio that BioWare has in Austin. The Star Wars: The Old Republic was a massive hit and it cost them $100 million to develop the game. The company said that although they have seen better response for the game they are losing subscriptions for the same game. EA made an announcement earlier this month that they have lost 400,000 subscriptions for the game since February 2012. Initially the game had 1.7 billion players registered on the site but the numbers have dropped considerably.