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Respawn Hit by 23 Layoffs Amid EA's Ongoing Cuts, With Apex Legends Among the Games Impacted

Around two dozen Respawn employees have been laid off, part of a series of ongoing cuts at EA that will
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Reports of the layoffs began circulating on social media on Thursday, with Apex Legends' social team among the areas impacted. IGN understands that these layoffs are part of the reductions announced in February that will impact around 670 workers. The layoffs are expected to be completed by the end of the month.

EA's reasoning for the layoffs was that it was pivoting away from future licensed IP to its own franchises, making the Apex Legends layoffs somewhat surprising. Nevertheless, IGN understands that EA plans to continue investing in the development of Apex Legends going forward, with a source with knowledge of EA's plans insisting that it's still a "huge priority" for the future.

After 20 Seasons of Apex and 5 years at Respawn nearly to the day, my job has been made redundant and I have been laid off.

Working on this game and supporting this community has truly been the honor of my career and a highlight of my life.
Thank you for everything, legends ❤️

— Alex Ackerman🌙 (@alex_frostwolf)
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In addition to the Respawn layoffs, EA has
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that is believed to be centered around a Mandalorian character, though work on the next Jedi game, Black Panther, and Iron Man is continuing.
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, which was co-founded by Marcus Lehto to work on Battlefield's single-player campaign. EA has been aggressively restructuring since 2023, including
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EA's cuts are part of a broader series of layoffs across the games industry that have seen
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Kat Bailey is IGN's News Director as well as co-host of Nintendo Voice Chat. Have a tip? Send her a DM at @the_katbot.

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