Command & Conquer F2P developer EA Phenomic closed

EA's in-house real-time strategy developer, EA Phenomic, has been closed and its 60 employees laid off, GamesIndustry International reports. The studio most recently developed EA's free-to-play, browser-based RTS Command & Conquer: Tiberium Alliances. Purchased by EA in 2004, it was originally founded in 1997 as Phenomic Game Development.

"As part of EA's realignment in recent weeks, we have announced internally a small adjustment to some development staff to better focus our teams against priority growth areas," an EA representative told GamesIndustry International. "The decision to let people go is not something we take lightly and we are working to ensure that impacted employees are treated fairly and with respect for their contributions to EA, and with assistance to find other job opportunities."

Thus far, this internal restructuring initiative has been responsible for around 900 lost jobs, including layoffs in LA and Montreal, as well as the closure of PopCap Dublin and the reported shuttering of BioWare's San Francisco component.

This article was originally published on Joystiq.