EA announces layoffs at F1 developer Codemasters

by Danny Craig  · 
EA announces layoffs at F1 developer Codemasters

EA has confirmed that an unspecified number of employees from UK developer Codemasters, best known for its WRC and F1 franchises, have been laid off.

The details:

  • The publisher confirmed the job cuts in a statement to IGN but did not specify how many employees were directly affected by the decision. “Our business is constantly changing as we strive to deliver amazing games and services that keep our players engaged, connected, and inspired,” a spokesperson said. “At times, this requires the company to make small-scale organizational changes that align our teams and resources to meet evolving business needs and priorities. We continue to work closely with those affected by these changes, providing appropriate support throughout this process.”

  • EA purchased the studio in 2021 for $1.2 billion after Take-Two withdrew its bid to buy it. Despite EA CEO Andrew Wilson's claim that Codemasters would be able to preserve its identity "like Respawn" without too much interference from the publisher, the studio underwent several changes, including the departure of CEO Frank Sagnier and CFO Rashid Varachia that same year, and being moved under the EA Sports banner.

  • Codemasters' Birmingham studio is still working on the F1 franchise, whereas its Cheshire studio was merged with Criterion to develop Need For Speed Unbound. Criterion itself has now shifted its focus to Battlefield, leaving the future of the publisher's racing franchises uncertain.

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