Apex Legends studio Respawn Entertainment caught in EA layoffs

by Danny Craig  · 
Apex Legends studio Respawn Entertainment caught in EA layoffs
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Developers at Respawn Entertainment, an EA subsidiary best known for Apex Legends and Star Wars Jedi, have confirmed the studio has been affected by layoffs.

The details:

  • Level designer Aaron Stump shared news of the cuts on X, confirming that the Apex Legends team was affected. “The Apex team was hit with layoffs today,” Stump said. ”It sucks seeing some of the people I've worked with for almost 3 years now get let go. Hopefully, they land on their feet sooner rather than later.”

  • Alex Ackerman, Respawn's global social media lead, was among those laid off after almost five years at the company. “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,” Ackerman wrote on X. “Working on this game and supporting this community has truly been the honor of my career and a highlight of my life.“

  • It's unclear how many employees were affected in total at Respawn, but the cuts are likely part of EA's plan to eliminate approximately 670 positions across the company, which was announced in February. This decision has also resulted in the cancellation of Respawn's Star Wars FPS, with all attention shifting to Star Wars Jedi and Apex.

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