EA Buys Firemint

Electronic Arts, the Redwood City, CA-based video game giant, said today it has acquired Melbourne, Australia-based Firemint for an undisclosed sum. Firemint’s games Real Racing and Flight Control have been runaway hits on the Apple iPhone and iPad platforms. The startup will become part of EA’s interactive division. “The Firemint team is remarkable for its critical and commercial success,” said EA Interactive executive vice president and general manager Barry Cottle in a statement. “Having them as part of EAi will accelerate our position as worldwide leader in game development for mobile devices and online gaming platforms.”

Wade Roush is a freelance science and technology journalist and the producer and host of the podcast Soonish. Follow @soonishpodcast

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