EA snaps up Super Mega Baseball dev Metalhead

Date Type Companies involved Size
May 6th, 2021 acquisition Electronic Arts Not disclosed
EA snaps up Super Mega Baseball dev Metalhead

US publishing giant Electronic Arts has bolstered its Sports roster with the acquisition of Metalhead Software.

The Canadian studio is best-known for the Super Mega Baseball franchise, something that will apparently grow under EA leadership, but the firm will also be working on new games and sports titles.

The terms of the deal were not disclosed.

“Our team has worked hard over the years to refine a formula that uniquely mixes an arcade-style with deep on-field gameplay and innovative co-operative and competitive multiplayer experiences,” Metalhead co-founder Scott Drader (pictured) said.

“In this next chapter, we’re excited to leverage EA’s power and reach to bring our titles to a broader audience and to take some ambitious next steps in the development of our future titles.”

EVP and GM of EA Sports Cam Weber added: “We’re all players of Super Mega Baseball, and we’ve long admired the work of the Metalhead team. It’s a unique and beloved franchise among sports gamers - the balance and depth of gameplay, and the unique style of the content, makes it super fun to play with friends. We look forward to supporting and investing in the team so they can continue to build out more amazing games that delight sports fans around the world. EA Sports continues to expand, and we’re deeply excited to create more unique and interactive experiences that blur the lines between sports and entertainment.”

This comes in the wake of EA closing the acquisition of UK racing firm Codemasters, a company that it outbid Grand Theft Auto giant Take-Two for.

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