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EA buys Headgate Studios, to focus on Wii

Filed under: General Gaming | Nintendo | Nintendo Wii
Posted by Jeremy on December 1, 2006 9:19 AM
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Electronics Arts yesterday announced that they have purchased Headgate Studios and renamed it EA Salt Lake. The new studio will focus on development for the Nintendo Wii, meaning that EA is serious about becoming the number one third party developer for the console. At this time, Ubisoft is the developer with the most invested in the Wii. We'll see how that plays out. Of course, with the exciting locale of Salt Lake City, Utah, how could they go wrong?

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Six-Year Relationship Evolves Into Creation of New ‘EA Salt Lake’ Studio


Redwood Shores, Calif., - November 30, 2006 – Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: ERTS) today announced that the development team at Utah-based developer Headgate Studios, Inc. has joined EA. EA has partnered with Headgate since 2000 to develop top franchises such as Tiger Woods PGA TOUR® and Madden NFL. The development team will remain in Bountiful, Utah and will continue to work in partnership with the EA development teams in California and Florida. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Vance Cook, Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Headgate will continue to lead the studio team as Executive Producer, reporting to Nick Earl, Vice President and General Manager of EA Redwood Shores/Maxis.

“Having worked with EA for the past six years, we know their teams share our work ethic, passion for creative excellence and commitment to quality. By joining EA, we are making official what we all already feel – that we are part of the EA family. We couldn’t be happier,” said Vance Cook, Executive Producer at EA Salt Lake.

“The team at Headgate is a great fit with EA’s creative team. Their creative spirit and technical leadership have separated them from the pack,“ said Paul Lee, President of EA Studios. “Salt Lake City is a terrific place to make games – it’s a dynamic city with a vibrant creative community and a great quality of life. We are thrilled to have them join EA.”
The team at EA Salt Lake will focus on development for the Nintendo Wii.

About Electronic Arts
Electronic Arts Inc. (EA), headquartered in Redwood City, California, is the world's leading interactive entertainment software company. Founded in 1982, the company develops, publishes, and distributes interactive software worldwide for videogame systems, personal computers, cellular handsets and the Internet. Electronic Arts markets its products under four brand names: EA SPORTSTM, EATM, EA SPORTS BIGTM and POGOTM. In fiscal 2006, EA posted revenue of $2.95 billion and had 27 titles that sold more than
one million copies. EA's homepage and online game site is www.ea.com. More information about EA's products and full text of press releases can be found on the Internet at http://info.ea.com.

Electronic Arts, EA, EA SPORTS, EA SPORTS BIG and POGO are trademarks or registered trademarks of Electronic Arts Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries. John Madden Football, NFL, Tiger Woods & PGA TOUR are trademarks of their respective owners and used with permission.

Some statements set forth in this release, including those regarding EA's acquisition of Headgate Studios, Inc. and the expected impact of the acquisition on EA's strategic and operational plans and financial results, contain forward-looking statements that are subject to change. Statements including words such as "anticipate", "believe", "estimate", “expect" or “will” and statements in the future tense are forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual events or actual future results to differ materially from the expectations set forth in the forward-looking statements. Some of the factors which could cause results to differ materially from the expectations expressed in these forward-looking statements include the following: the effect of the announcement of the acquisition on EA's and Headgate’s strategic relationships, operating results and business generally, including the ability to retain key employees; EA's ability to successfully integrate Headgate’s operations and employees; general economic conditions; and other factors described in EA's SEC filings (including EA's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended March 31, 2006 and Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 30, 2006.) If any of these risks or uncertainties materializes, the potential benefits of the acquisition may not be realized, EA's operating results and financial performance could suffer, and actual results could differ materially from the expectations described in these forward-looking statements. EA assumes no obligation to update these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this release.

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