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September 24, 2012 at 12:54 PM

More PopCap layoffs – Dublin office closes

PopCap took another step in its layoff plan today, closing its Dublin office and reducing 96 more positions.

Last month the Seattle-based game company began cuts to re-balance its costs as the video game market contracts and moves away from boxed software.

PopCap on Aug. 21 laid off 50 people, mostly in Seattle, and said it was going through a “consultation period” to decide whether to also close the Dublin office.

Today the company released a statement saying that 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.”

The company now employs about 450 people globally, down from around 600 earlier this summer. About 300 are based at PopCap headquarters in Belltown.

The statement noted that PopCap is still growing and hiring for other positions and parent company EA is increasing the size of its customer service center in Galway, Ireland. It’s adding 300 positions at the center which now employs 400.

Earlier today Dublin employees disclosed the move, which was noted by UK trade publication MCV.

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