Wednesday, 04 May 2011 09:56

Electronic Arts lands Flight Control creator Firemint

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The gigantic video game company Electronic Arts has agreed to purchase Aussie developer Firemint creators of the popular Flight Control and Real Racing series.  In doing so EA will bring a significant amount of Australian based talent under its wing.

Having already picked up local Melbourne development crew Iron Monkey sometime back, Electronic Arts has an obvious love in getting iOS focussed developers into the EA fold.

Hence it is not surprising that word of the video-game behemoths plans to acquire Firemint has just come through.

'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 EA will accelerate our position as worldwide leader in game development for mobile devices and online gaming platforms.

The deal is expected to be closed within the next month and means EA also picks up the team from Infinite Interactive, creators of the PuzzleQuest series who merged with Firemint in January.

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Having failed to grow up Bantick continues to pursue his childish passions for creative writing, interactive entertainment and showing-off through adulthood. In 1994 Bantick began doing radio at Melbourne’s 102.7 3RRRFM, in 1997 transferring to become a core member of the technology show Byte Into It. In 2003 he wrote briefly for the The Age newspaper’s Green Guide, providing video game reviews. In 2004 Bantick wrote the news section of PC GameZone magazine. Since 2006 Bantick has provided gaming and tech lifestyle stories for iTWire.com, including interviews and opinion in the RadioactivIT section.

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