Today Electronic Arts announced that it would be creating 300 jobs at a 'Customer Experience Centre of Excellence' in Galway, Ireland.
EA's Chief Operating Officer, Peter Moore, said that the publisher's European Customer Experience Centre "is the focal point of our strategy to serve gamers on a global basis.
"In today's fast-moving digital environment, we need to engage with our worldwide customer base on a 24/7 basis, across all of EA's games and services and in multiple languages," he added.
Whatever you think of the idea of EA having a Customer Experience Centre of Excellence it's unusual to see such a large number of people actually being employed in the industry - even if they won't be making games directly.
And 300 jobs in Ireland's crippled economy are not to be sneezed at, here's the press release for anyone who's interested.
(Note: taoiseach is Irish for prime minister while T.D. essentially translates to member of parliament, the IDA is the Industrial Development Authority, a government agency responsible for attracting foreign companies)
EA Creates 300 Jobs in Galway, Ireland for Its European Customer Experience Centre of Excellence
With Support From
Irish Government, Existing Operation Expands
With Global Player Support For A Broad Range Of EA Games
An Taoiseach, Mr.
Enda Kenny T.D. Officiates
This investment is supported by the Irish Government through IDA
Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation
"Today's announcement that EA, a dynamic and world-leading company in this sector, is creating a further 300 jobs so soon after investing in
Barry O'Leary, CEO of IDA
"The news today is in keeping with one of the main targets of IDA's strategy Horizon 2020; to increase further investment in the employment-intensive services sector. This follows on from a number of significant investments in this sector in recent months.''
EA inaugurated its Galway operation in