This was a few days ago. Popcap is owned by EA. They fired 50 people and might want to fire more. The reason was that they want to "move into mobile".
'"The change in consumer tastes requires us to reorganize our business and invest in new types of games on new platforms," PopCap co-founder John Vechey wrote in a blog post today. "It's a completely different world from when we started."'
This guy is either an idiot, or he was spoon-fed this by EA management because he's on a ridiculously lucrative contract that was created when EA bought Popcap, and some turd(s) in EA wants to cut costs at a division so s/he can get a bonus for good performance. Because:
Artists can't draw on new platforms? Programmers can't code on new platforms? Designers can't design on new platforms? Testers can't test on new platforms?
I am so tired of these people. At least it's not as bad as Zynga completely not caring about their customers (throwing them under the bus with bugs and horrid "features") and then expecting them to come back!
They're focusing on free to play which is the new norm. PopCap doesn't have any free2play games(except some online demos to showcase their games) and that's why they recalibrating. It's great move if you ask me.
It's not about mobile. Free2play is the new norm on all platforms these days.
You mean free to play like Bejeweled, Zuma Blitz and Solitaire Blitz? They are all on Facebook but they all suck now that ERTS took over. They're "free" except now you have to PAY to get coins/bonus items. This crap is for kids. I'll buy a game if I like it, but I'm not continually paying for "coins" to buy some #$%$ token. The latest crap they pulled with Zuma Blitz has be boycotting ALL ERTS products.
I don't really agree with you that it is the new norm, but the general point I am making is that, whatever they are focusing on, firing employees just because they "change focus" is a sign of inept management. These employees aren't robots -- they can do a wide range of things.