Announced today, publishing giant, Electronic Arts will be acquiring leading Melbourne based mobile games developer, Firemint, for an undisclosed amount. The Flight Control and Real Racing developer will become part of Electronic Arts Interactive (EAi) once the agreement is finalised within the next four weeks.
From the announcement...
"The Firemint team is remarkable for its critical and commercial success," said Barry Cottle, Executive Vice President and General Manger of EA Interactive. "Having them as part of EAi will accelerate our position as worldwide leader in game development for mobile devices and online gaming platforms.
The acquisition of Firemint by EA comes four months after Firemint acquired fellow Melbourne games developer, Infinite Interactive. Electronic Arts had acquired another prominent mobile Melbourne games developer, IronMonkey Studios, in early 2010. IronMonkey Studios have since created critically acclaimed iOs games for EA including The Sims 3, Need For Speed: Shift, NFS: Undercover, and most recently Dead Space.
Firemint had previously worked on EA titles before their breakout Flight Control hit, including Madden NFL '07 3D, Need For Speed: Most Wanted, and The Sims DJ.