Bioware slashes its SWTOR headcount

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Earlier this month I posted up an article about how EA’s share price was plummeting and how it was largely to do with the on going problems with holding SWTOR subscribers.

Well unsurprisingly this is now causing problems at the Bioware studio involved in the development of Star Wars: The Old Republic with news coming out of Austin Texas that Bioware and EA are laying off a large amount of people from the team.

While Bioware and EA have acknowledged the cuts they haven’t yet announced how many people have been let go and EA are also saying that they are working hard on placing any affected people in other parts of the company.

The full Bioware statement is as follows

Hey folks, since you’re reading this you may likely have heard that we’ve done some restructuring here on the SWTOR team. Sadly, we are bidding farewell to some talented, passionate and exceptionally hard-working people who helped make SWTOR a reality. Impacting people’s lives this way is always very hard, but we’re ensuring the affected people are treated with dignity, fairness and respect.

Looking back at launch, we all came together and did something historic. We executed one of the largest, most successful and stable launches of any MMO yet in industry history. That is not an easy feat for any development team or company and we are humbled and honored by our fan community’s strong support both at launch and beyond.

Looking forward, the studio remains vibrant and passionate about our many upcoming initiatives for Star Wars: The Old Republic. We still have a very substantial development team working on supporting and growing the game, and we feel we are in a strong position, with your continued involvement and feedback, to continue to build Star Wars: The Old Republic as one of the most compelling and successful online experiences in the world today. There are many strong initiatives planned for cool new content and new features that we’re excited to tell you about in the upcoming weeks and months.

Rest assured that we remain dedicated to delivering a high quality service in SWTOR to you, our fans, and we will continue to support and grow Star Wars: The Old Republic over the weeks, months and years to come.

Thanks,
Greg and Ray

It’s never pleasant to hear about people being retrenched and hopefully they’ll all find new positions sooner rather than later. However it does raise the question of whether or not it’s even worth attempting to compete against World of Warcraft in the MMO space.

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The amount of investment required to compete is insane and unless you get that cult following it’s looking increasingly difficult to stay profitable.

Last Updated: May 23, 2012

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