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EA Partners label reportedly closing

Publishing label has brought Crytek and Valve games to market, among others

Electronic Arts is reportedly set to close its EA Partners label.

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That's according to multiple anonymous Game Informer sources, who claim that the remaining projects set for release under the Partners label, Insomniac's Fuse and Respawn's first title, will be unaffected.

Formed in 1997 to offer contract-based publishing services for independent developers, the EA Partners label helped bring many major projects to market including the Crysis, Left 4 Dead and Rock Band series, as well as Bulletstorm, The Orange Box, Portal 2 and Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning.

We've contacted EA for comment on the label's potential closure, although it may be that further news won't come to light before the company announces its fiscal year 2013 results on May 7.

EA has been streamlining its business in recent months, resulting in a major layoff operation as it bids to 'sharpen its focus to provide games for new platforms and mobile'. John Riccitiello resigned as EA CEO in March.

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