Posted on November 6, 2007,

EA Chicago is Closing Down

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The rumors seemed credible, and unfortunately they’ve turned out to be true – EA’s Chicago studio is closing, effective immediately. The studio is most well known for the Def Jam and Fight Night games, and was currently at work on a Marvel fighting game.

Kotaku has posted an internal memo from Frank Gibeau, president of EA Games. It stated:

Within the EA Games Label, we are committed to running each franchise and facility as a city/state, teams with unique creative identities as well as responsibility for product quality, ship dates and profitability….Unfortunately, EA Chicago hasn’t been able to meet that standard….Closing EA Chicago is the toughest decision I’ve made in my career – one that in no way reflects on the talent and dedication of the people who work there.

The full memo can be read over at Kotaku. Word has it that EA is currently trying to move the studio’s employees to other EA studios, but it seems likely that some of the developers won’t be making that transition.

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4 Comments on EA Chicago is Closing Down

John Boom

On November 6, 2007 at 3:40 pm

Saying:

“Within the EA Games Label, we are committed to running each franchise and facility as a city/state, teams with unique creative identities as well as responsibility for product quality, ship dates and profitability….Unfortunately, EA Chicago hasn’t been able to meet that standard…”

Then:

“Closing EA Chicago is the toughest decision I’ve made in my career – one that in no way reflects on the talent and dedication of the people who work there”.

Kinda contradicts itself does it not? He is saying, EA Chicago can’t produce EA brand quality, dates and profit so their fired. Oh but of course they are very talented.

Not a stunning endorsement for their next job I’d say. :mrgreen: Feel bad for them but of course I have no way of knowing if Gibeau is right or wrong, but given EA’s slightly evil borg rep, you always have to pull for the guy who just got sacked

SpiralGray

On November 6, 2007 at 6:19 pm

I suspect that when he said “product quality, ship dates and profitability” that that was in ascending order of importance.

ERIC

On March 10, 2008 at 4:06 pm

WILL THERE BE ANY MORE DEF JAM GAMES :?: :sad:

HQ

On March 10, 2008 at 4:52 pm

will the games that they were working on be moved to another studio? I’m not saying they wont be missed for their creativeness but the show must go on. RIGHT?