Saturday, 25 May 2024

Game Informer Receives Update on EA Partners Label Shutdown

EA Partners, the program responsible for providing contract-based publishing services for independent developers, is reportedly facing closure. This news comes amidst a period of restructuring and layoffs within EA, including the recent departure of CEO John Riccitiello. While specifics regarding operational changes and refocusing of priorities have not been disclosed due to legal obligations, the company has issued a statement emphasizing their commitment to delivering great games and showcasing why players should choose to spend their time with them.

In addition to the potential closure of EA Partners, other divisions within the company, such as PopCap Vancouver and Quicklime Games, have also been affected by recent layoffs and restructuring. PopCap declined to comment on the matter, referring inquiries to EA corporate communications.

The Evolution of EA’s Publishing Arm

EA’s publishing arm, which offered services to a range of independent developers, has played a significant role in bringing various games to market. Notable titles include Crysis (Crytek), Syndicate (Starbreeze), Brütal Legend (Double Fine), and Bulletstorm (Epic Games). Despite these successes, the relationship between EA and 38 Studios, the studio behind Kingdoms of Amalur Reckoning, was met with controversy due to financial complications between the two parties.

The consulting business that laid the foundation for EA’s publishing arm was established in 1997 under the leadership of Tom Frisina. Over time, EA’s publishing division expanded and fostered key partnerships, such as the one with Battlefield developer DICE. In 2007, EA’s publishing prowess shone through with the release of major titles like Rock Band (Harmonix), The Orange Box (Valve), and Crysis (Crytek).

Future Prospects and Unaffected Titles

Despite the potential closure of EA Partners, highly anticipated games such as Respawn’s upcoming title and Insomniac’s Fuse are said to be unaffected by these changes. More information about EA’s strategy is expected to be revealed during the company’s earnings call for fiscal year 2013, scheduled for May 7.

For further details, we have reached out to EA for comment and will update this article accordingly.


Q: What is the EA Partners label?

A: The EA Partners label is a program through which EA provides contract-based publishing services for independent game developers.

Q: Which divisions within EA have been affected by recent layoffs and restructuring?

A: Apart from the potential closure of EA Partners, PopCap Vancouver and Quicklime Games, a studio comprising former EA Black Box employees, have also been impacted.

Q: Will highly anticipated games from Respawn and Insomniac be affected by these changes?

A: According to sources, Respawn’s upcoming game and Insomniac’s Fuse will not be affected by the potential closure of EA Partners.

EA’s restructuring and potential closure of the EA Partners label mark a significant moment in the company’s evolution. While details about specific operational changes remain undisclosed, EA is committed to delivering great games and continuing their pursuit of excellence in the industry. As more information becomes available, we will keep you updated on the latest developments.

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