06:38 PM - November 30, 2006 by Steve_OS
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.