Electronic Arts Slashes 580 Jobs

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Monday, Nov 3, 2008  |  Updated 1:56 PM PDT
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Electronic Arts Slashes 580 Jobs

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Electronic Arts in Redwood City, the world's largest video game maker, said it will become smaller, ridding itself of 580 jobs.

That's about 6 percent of its workforce.

Some of those jobs will be shipped overseas.

The company, which makes such hits including Madden football, said though it had to post a $310 million loss for the quarter, it remains optimistic about the growth of video games.

EA officials said their second-quarter net loss widened as development and marketing costs grew.

But revenue surpassed Wall Street's forecast thanks to games like "Spore" and "Madden NFL 09."

EA also lowered its full-year profit outlook range, though it kept its revenue forecast intact.

Electronic Arts said the $310 million was worth about 97 cents per share.

That was worse than the loss of $195 million, or 62 cents per share, a year earlier.
 
EA's sales jumped 40 percent to $894 million.

Excluding one-time items, EA says it lost 6 cents a share in the latest quarter, matching the expectation of analysts polled by Thomson Reuters.

Adjusted sales, which exclude deferred revenue for some online games, were $1.13 billion, beating expectations for $1.08 billion.

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