EA has denied reports of widespread layoffs, after rumors circulated over the weekend that the company was preparing to let go of 500-1,000 positions. Even in its denial, though, EA seems to make room for some amount of job losses as studios and projects shift.
Startup Grind reported that the layoffs would impact 5-11% of the company, and were previously set for last Monday. The report blames lower-than-expected sales of Battlefield 3 and Star Wars: The Old Republic for the downsizing.
However, EA has denied the report. "There are no lay-offs as such, we always have projects growing and morphing," the company said in a statement to MCV. "At any given time there are new people coming in and others leaving. EA is growing and hiring and building teams to support the growing demand for digital games and services."
The statement seems very carefully worded, including an "as such" statement that could imply planned layoffs won't be quite as widespread as the report claims. We'll keep an eye out for more developments and update as information becomes available.