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 Take
Studio 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.