It is with a heavy heart we announce that we are not going to run the Coronation Era as planned and are making the decision to end Blaseball today.
It is difficult to put into words what this means for our team and the future, but we will try.
The short of it is that Blaseball isn’t sustainable to run. Since Blaseball’s inception, we’ve been fighting against the amount of work it takes to keep Blaseball true to itself while financially supporting the team and keeping our staff healthy. We’ve tried countless solutions to make it work, and we’ve come to the conclusion that this fight isn’t one we can win in the long run. The cost, literally and metaphorically, is too high. So we are making the decision to end it here instead of changing Blaseball into something unrecognizable. Part of this loss is many of our incredible team members. Our team size has to change to give us enough runway to even begin to make something new. We are losing so many good people, and we will miss them terribly. They changed the game, literally.
Blaseball was an uncanny thing. It was born in the early stages of Covid, whispered into our ears by unseen forces, and it is inextricable from the early days of the pandemic. It was made to run constantly, for everyone, for free. It was a little bit game, little bit social experiment, little bit improv. It was made to mirror the world around us– horror and all. If the horrors persist, so must we.
Blaseball was about finding connection when the world feels out of your control. It was meant to bring people together and connect us across unfathomable distance and despair, and it did. All of you found us, and every person who touched it was a part of this story.
To Fans of Blaseball, who have cheered and cried with us, who watched Suns die and Eras pass, who have defied the Gods and death itself, who have been with us through the end of the world as we knew it and then what came after: thank you. It has been one of the great joys of our lives to make Blaseball for you, and we will grieve its loss like everything else — together.
We are providing as much support as we can to those affected by the layoffs: severance, healthcare extensions, and job search resources with a dedicated staff member for job placement. If we can’t continue to have them on the team, we want them to bring their skills to friends and peers we’ve had the pleasure to know. If you are hiring and in the market for kind, collaborative, groundbreakingly talented team members, please reach out. We will connect you.
Thank you to everyone who has been a part of Blaseball. We are sorry, and we are devastated. As for what comes next, we’re planning that now. We hope that one day in the not too distant future we can bring you something new that brings us all back together.
Until then, stay well and do good.