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PopCap Games lays off staff

An unspecified number of PopCap Games employees lost their jobs today as the studio reduced the size of its staff.
EA representatives have confirmed to Gamasutra that an unspecified number of PopCap Games employees lost their jobs today. Company representatives have also confirmed reports that the layoffs have not affected PopCap HD, the team that developed the recently-release Plants Vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare. According to said EA representative, "the changes today were necessary to stay on course with PopCap’s plans for mobile games with live services and new IP." In addition, the following statement regarding today's layoffs from PopCap general manager John Vechey has been provided to multiple outlets: "The changes we made today at PopCap were painful and we're sorry to lose some of our friends and colleagues. But it was also necessary in order to stay on course with our future plans for mobile games, live services and new IP. PopCap is a studio that made its name building great games that the world can fall in love with, and that's what we'll continue to do." Vechey is the last PopCap co-founder standing by the studio, after Jason Kapalka quit earlier this year. If you have any further information about this news or were affected and want to share your story, please contact us via [email protected].

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