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Electronic Arts South Africa officially closes down

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There has been a lot of speculation and murmurs in the media lately surround the fate of Electronic Arts South Africa, as many suggested that the company might be closing their doors in Johannesburg.

Electronic Arts develop titles such as the highly-successful FIFA franchise (image: EA)

While EA Global confirmed in the past that the company had to shed approx. 10% of their global workforce, SA’s fate remained uncertain – until now.

“As it turns out, EA South Africa will no longer have a physical office in South Africa, but there still will be local representation. There has been a big restructure but for gamers this means very little as the process is designed to be seamless and things should function as normal for South African gamers who enjoy their EA products,” Telkom Do Gaming wrote on their website, breaking the news.

“In recent weeks, EA has aligned all elements of its organizational structure behind priorities in new technologies and mobile,” EA International told the website.

“This has led to some difficult decisions to reduce the workforce in some locations. We are extremely grateful for the contributions made by each of our employees – those that are leaving EA will be missed by their colleagues and friends. These are hard but essential changes as we focus on delivering great games and showing players around the world why to spend their time with us,” EA continued.

Two EA current employees, Ralph Spinks, EA South Africa marketing manager and Grant Oliver, EA South Africa sales lead, will remain with the company as its only local presence. While the impact for gamers should be minimal, the distribution of EA titles have been granted to Apex Interactive – who has been a sub-distributor for EA titles for quite some time.

“The important thing for gamers to remember is that while EA South Africa may no longer have a physical office in the country, gamers will still be able to get their favourite EA games on time and in the same fashion. The development teams have not changed and neither the experience for the gamer as EA heads towards another great year with some fantastic titles lined up such as FIFA 14 and Battlefield 4,” Do Gaming wrote.

No indication has been given as to when Apex Interactive will officially take over distribution.

Charlie Fripp – Consumer Tech editor

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