EA reportedly axes Apex Legends QA team in UK

EA reportedly axes Apex Legends QA team in UK
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Written by 

Alex Garton

Published 

12th Apr 2024 16:00

The video game industry has seen thousands of layoffs so far in 2024, dwarfing the scary numbers we saw in 2023. With Discord, Sony, Microsoft, Sega, and Riot Games all letting employees go, no workers feel completely secure in their positions.

In mid-March, Respawn Entertainment laid off 23 employees after EA announced a restructuring of the company in February. While the community thought the layoffs were over, this isn't the case, as EA has now reportedly decided to let go of a whole QA team for Apex Legends.

Apex Legends' UK QA team have been reportedly laid off

According to InsiderGaming, EA has decided to shut down the Apex Legends QA office located in the United Kingdom.

This has apparently resulted in around 40 contractors losing their jobs this week, adding to an already huge number of job losses in the game industry this year.

It's tough to know why this department was specifically shut down, but we can assume it's related to EA's restructuring announcement back in February.

Apex Legends slam layoffs & argue the game needs more "quality assurance"

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This news has been met with widespread anger from the community, especially after the recent account reset incident that resulted in countless players losing progress and Heirlooms.

Apex Legends fans don't understand how a game that needs more "quality assurance" has decided to remove a whole team of employees who are experts in that field.

"The game needs more QA, most importantly, an engine that isn't a thousand years old - Hopefully, they all find work soon," said one user, with another arguing, "EA never ceases to disappoint."

While disappointing and sad, this news isn't surprising. Based on what we've seen so far, this won't be the last of the layoffs in 2024.

Alex Garton
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Alex Garton
Alex is a Senior Writer at GGRecon. With a BA (Hons) in English, he has previously written for Dexerto & Gfinity. Specialising in Call of Duty & Apex Legends, he loves (attempting) to improve his aim in competitive shooters and will always make time for a single-player RPG.
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