The lights are on
Electronic Arts has reportedly made the decision to close down one of its studios in North Carolina. The studio focused mainly on free-to-play games for mobile devices.
The report comes from website The Escapist which received word of the studio's closure from an anonymous source. The studio worked on and maintained games like Monopoly Hotels, which released for iOS devices in 2011. The anonymous source told The Escapist that most of the staff would be relocated within Electronic Arts.
[Source: The Escapist]
Our TakeStudio closures are never good news. We hope that the staff of the North Carolina studio will be able to find new work, or continuing work at Electronic Arts quickly. I'm curious what the big picture implications are for Electronic Arts to close down a studio focused on free-to-play games. Are free-to-play games not performing well for Electronic Arts? They are certainly performing well for some publishers.
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I wonder if this is because of the upcoming suit or not, and they are trying to cut less productive stations...
"Are free-to-play games not performing well for Electronic Arts?"
I was thinking more along the lines of, "They just spent $40 million settling a lawsuit with NCAA. Some studio's gonna get shut down now". I'm not surprised to hear that some F2P mobile-focused studio was first on the chopping block/lowest rung on the ladder. I'm pretty sure EA's seeing some big success with F2P titles... just not the stuff these guys make, apparently. Doesn't exactly sound like Plants VS. Zombies 2 or Real Racing 3.
wish those you lost their jobs or relocated the best...
Dang, EA's closing everything. Really stinks to work for EA these days. . . as long as you CAN be working for them. . . That sucks.
Good - close them all! FTP's are generally a scam and a poor excuse for a game.
I don't really think is going to make much of an impact to real gamers, as their free apps are not that good to begin with.