EA buys IronMonkey Studios
Details are very slim at the moment, but from very reliable sources comes the news that publishing giant, EA, have purchased one of Australia's (and arguably, one of the the world's) top mobile / handset game development companies, Melbourne-based IronMonkey Studios.
IronMonkey Studios has a very strong relationship with EA games, having developed mobile versions of well known EA brands such as Medal of Honor, Need for Speed, and the Sims.
Two of their recently released titles, Sims 3 and Need for Speed Undercover, took out the number 1 and number 3 place in the top ten highest selling games for 2009 for the iPhone/iPod touch appstore.
EA have expressed a strategic emphasis on the digitally downloadable content and social gaming arena, purchasing social game dev company, Playfish, for $400 million dollars late last year, and consequently shedding 1,500 staff from internal development studios, which also included the closing down of Pandemic Studios.