The EA Partners label is to shut down, multiple anonymous sources have told Game Informer.

EA Partners offered contract-based publishing deals for independent developers, with the likes of Valve, Crytek and Epic Games having released titles on the label.

Hits include The Orange Box, Rock Band and Crysis, but more recent games including Syndicate and Bulletstorm weren't success stories.

Sources have told Game Informer that upcoming EA Partners titles, Fuse and Respawn's first game, are unaffected by the planned closure.

The rumoured end to EA Partners comes at a time of major change for EA, including the departure of CEO John Riccitiello, widespread layoffs and the closure of any remaining games from Playfisth.

EA has a fiscal 13 earnings call scheduled for May 7, so expect answers then.

Source: Game Informer

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