EA Gobbles up Popular iOS Game Developer Firemint

Electronic gaming giant Electronic Arts announced today that they will acquire popular iOS game house Firemint.  Melbourne, Australia based Firemint was one of the early adopters of Apple’s iPhone app eco-system and cranked out popular hits like Flight Control and Real Racing.

Following the success of their iPhone and iPod Touch games, Firemint was among the first developers to release an iPad app when the device launched last year.  The company recently updated its hit Real Racing app with an all-new Real Racing 2 which takes full advantage of the iPad 2’s new 1080p video out capabilities.

“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.”

Flight Control and Real Racing have long been staff favorites here at PadGadget HQ and have been featured in several of our Top game lists over the past year. According to EA, Firemint has an “attractive future slate of games” already in the works.

The deal is expected to close within four weeks.  Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed but will not have a material impact on EA’s balance sheet.

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  • Anonymous

    EA has a long history of this type of thing, it’s a sad day.