PopCap Games shuts Dublin office

24 Sep 2012

PopCap Games' Dublin headquarters

Casual games company PopCap Games has closed its Dublin offices after a consultation period, affecting the jobs of 96 people.

Last month, the company said it was in ‘exploratory consultation’ about the future of its Dublin offices after 50 jobs had been cut, mostly at its Seattle headquarters.

“The consultation period in Ireland has been completed, and after having consulted fully with the employee representatives the PopCap leadership team has decided to close our Dublin office,” said the company, which is owned by Electronic Arts (EA).

“Europe remains a critical market for PopCap and we will continue to grow our presence through centralised services operated from our North American offices and through the extensive European EA network.

“In Ireland, EA announced last week the addition of 300 jobs for its European Customer Experience Centre in Galway, almost doubling the number of staff. The Galway facility currently employs close to 400 people.

“Worldwide, PopCap is still growing, and intends to continue hiring and developing current staff. We will continue to invest in new games, platforms, and markets while we expand the reach of hit franchises like Bejeweled and Plants Vs Zombies.”

PopCap Games has said it has provided outplacement support for the 96 now-former employees, adding that many have received job offers in other parts of PopCap, at EA, or with technology partners in Ireland.

Tina Costanza was a journalist and sub-editor at Silicon Republic