EA Set to Takeover F1 Game Developer Codemasters After a Mammoth Last Minute Bid

Published 12/15/2020, 12:18 AM EST
Formula One F1 – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – December 11, 2020 Renault’s Daniel Ricciardo during practice Giuseppe Cacace/Pool via REUTERS


Electronic Arts (EA) is taking over Codemasters, which handles official F1 racing games. EA is a giant in the gaming industry, whilst British-based Codemasters is comparatively small scale. They will complete the official transaction in the first quarter of 2021 for around $1.2 Billion.

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EA has a huge standing in the video gaming industry. Perhaps, the best-known game to come from them is the FIFA series. The soccer-based game is arguably the most famous in the world. Aside from that, they have some racing pedigree as well. Need for speed is currently their flagship racing series. And Formula 1 will perfectly fit into that portfolio.

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Previously Take Two – makers of the arcade Grand Theft Auto (GTA), were favorites to complete the takeover of Codemasters. However, EA could swoop in at the last minute and outbid them. Codemasters chairman Gerhard Florin is looking forward to their union and said

“Electronic Arts and Codemasters have a shared ambition to lead the video game racing category”

“The board of Codemasters firmly believes the company would benefit from EA’s knowledge, resources, and extensive global scale–both overall and specifically within the racing sector.”

“We feel this union would provide an exciting and prosperous future for Codemasters, allowing our teams to create, launch, and service bigger and better games to an extremely passionate audience.”

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Andrew Wilson, CEO of Electronic Arts, feels likewise, “We believe there is a deeply compelling opportunity in bringing together Codemasters and Electronic Arts to create amazing and innovative new racing games for fans.”

What does it mean for F1?

This can only help in growing the standing of the sport among fans even more. Esports is the new kid on the block. Since the new generation prefers to stay indoors more, it is important to tap that market. And also to get them the knowledge of who Ferrari and Sebastian Vettel are.

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Formula One F1 – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton during practice Bryn Lennon/Pool via REUTERS REFILE – CORRECTING BYLINE

This may not threaten the actual existence of Formula 1 on track for now. But who knows if the next Lewis Hamilton emerges through F1 Video game and not behind the cockpit of actual race cars.

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Bharat Aggarwal

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Bharat Aggarwal is a sports analyst for EssentiallySports, covering Formula 1 and NBA. A Delhi University graduate, Bharat has multi-year experience in sports writing, having closely worked with the content strategy aspect as well. Bharat Aggarwal supports Manchester United, Lewis Hamilton, Cristiano Ronaldo, Rafael Nadal, Dirk Nowitzki, Sachin Tendulkar, Ayrton Senna, Kristaps Porzingis, and Dallas Mavericks.

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