Electronic Arts to downsize few staff following shut down of MLB Tap Sports and F1 Mobile Racing

Electronic Arts has made the decision to downsize a few of its staff following the closure of two of its sports titles, MLB Tap Sports Baseball and F1 Mobile Racing. While the future of the baseball game remains uncertain, EA clarified that it remains committed to the F1 business, and the closure of F1 Mobile Racing has no impact on the console and PC F1 franchise.

The number of staff cut down hasn’t been confirmed by Electronic Arts

Speaking of the two games, I have been a fan of both since I follow both sports passionately. Talking EA Sports MLB Tap Sports Baseball, I did try out the 2023 edition and was quite impressed. However, it’s worth noting that this wasn’t originally an EA title. Formerly a popular Glu Mobile title, since the announcement of Glu Mobile’s $2.4 billion acquisition deal to join the EA family, EA had taken over the publishing of the baseball hit.

Meanwhile, Formula 1 fans like myself found joy in F1 Mobile Racing developed by Codemasters with Eden Games as a development partner, which, while popular, didn’t quite match the experience we get on PC or console. This game had been stale for years, and hence the cutting down doesn’t come as a surprise.

In a statement given to GI biz, the gaming company stated: “This is a difficult decision that we know impacts passionate communities who have played and enjoyed these games, and we do not take it lightly. We extend our thanks and appreciation to the MLB, MLBPA, OneTeam Partners, and MLBPAA for their close and valuable partnership.”

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Regarding the closure of the games, both MLB Tap Sports Baseball and F1 Mobile Racing will sunset on May 24, 2024. As of now, they will no longer offer in-app purchases and have been removed from app stores. For me, it’s unfortunate that the shutdown of these games has resulted in job cuts. However, let’s remain hopeful that those affected will soon find new opportunities within their beloved niche.

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