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EA Spouse is the name commonly used to refer to a blog post originally made on November 11, 2004 to LiveJournal that sharply criticized the labor practices of Electronic Arts. The term may also refer to the author of the blog, who was initially anonymous.

The author

The author behind the blog was revealed, in 2006, to be Erin Hoffman, then fiancee of Leander Hasty, who was employed at the time by Electronic Arts. She gave the reasons for writing the blog as follows: "We had received so many excuses, and they had done so much overtime and everyone was so tired." Hoffman said before telling her fiance, "I need to write something about this. It's not right."

Hoffman's actions have resulted in three class action lawsuits against Electronic Arts and some changes throughout the industry at large, such as reclassification of entry-level artists as hourly employees, thus making them eligible for overtime under California law.

Moreover, Leander Hasty was the main plaintiff in the successful class action suit on behalf of software engineers at Electronic Arts, which awarded the plaintiffs USD $14.9 million for unpaid overtime.


After the entire affair and the court action, Hoffman and Hasty founded GameWatch, a watchdog organization meant to facilitate discussions between employees at different companies.

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