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EA completes $1.2 billion acquisition of Dirt developer Codemasters

"With the greatest minds in racing entertainment all under one roof, you’re going to see even more innovation and we’re going to bring all new ideas to life."

Chris Kerr

February 18, 2021

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EA has completed its $1.2 billion acquisition of Dirt, Grid, and Formula 1 developer Codemasters. 

The U.S. publisher confirmed the deal in a short blog post, and said it was excited to work with the UK studio to "create a powerhouse in racing entertainment."

"We’re thrilled by this new opportunity to bring you even more racing games, more often. The union also unlocks the potential for us to create new innovative ways to interact with each other and enjoy our passion for racing games together," said EA. 

"With the greatest minds in racing entertainment all under one roof, you’re going to see even more innovation and we’re going to bring all new ideas to life."

Codemasters' directors voted in favor of the move back in January, paving the way for EA to nab the studio. 

EA's pursuit of Codemasters wasn't without incident, however, with the publisher only arriving on the scene after Take-Two first offered to purchase the studio for $994 million.

Take-Two even went as far as laying out its vision for Codemasters under its ownership, but those plans were eventually scuppered by EA a few weeks later when the company tabled a $1.2 billion bid.

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Chris Kerr

News Editor, GameDeveloper.com

Game Developer news editor Chris Kerr is an award-winning journalist and reporter with over a decade of experience in the game industry. His byline has appeared in notable print and digital publications including Edge, Stuff, Wireframe, International Business Times, and PocketGamer.biz. Throughout his career, Chris has covered major industry events including GDC, PAX Australia, Gamescom, Paris Games Week, and Develop Brighton. He has featured on the judging panel at The Develop Star Awards on multiple occasions and appeared on BBC Radio 5 Live to discuss breaking news.

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