EA has been busy acquiring iPhone game developers and publishers to strengthen its presence in the mobile space. They recently acquired Chillingo one of the most successful game publishers on the App Store and today Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ:ERTS) announced an agreement to acquire Firemint.
Firemint, Australia based iOS developers, have produced some of the most successful titles on the App Store. They defined the line drawing genre on the App Store with Flight Control and then produced the best racing game on the App Store, called Real Racing. To capitalise on the widely praised racing game Firemint released Real Racing 2 which proved to be an instant hit and has been featured on most “must have games list.”
EA is gearing up to make sure they maintain the lead in digital interactive entertainment platforms like the smartphones and tablets.
No financial details were disclosed. Barry Cottle, Executive Vice President and General Manger of EA Interactive said:
The Firemint team is remarkable for its critical and commercial success,
Having them as part of EAi will accelerate our position as worldwide leader in game development for mobile devices and online gaming platforms.
This is great news for Firemint and we wish them the very best.