EA Buys Firemint

05-03-2011, 10:48 AM
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EA Buys Firemint

I hope this turns out ok, I love firemint and the work they do. I hope firemint doesnt change under the ownership of EA or go the way of westwood studios

Electronic Arts has acquired independent mobile development studio Firemint Pty Ltd.

Based in Melbourne, Australia, Firemint has created hits such as Flight Control and Real Racing for iPhone and iPad, whilst EA promises "an attractive future slate of games". Financial details of the deal were not disclosed.

"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.

"The added technical expertise of MPP, combined with the creative talent of Firemint and our EAi studio teams, fuels EA's leadership in delivering top selling, high quality games across mobile phones and smartphones, tablets and future digital interactive entertainment platforms."


Link: http://www.computerandvideogames.com...oper-firemint/

One thing I believe will happen is that I can see firemints games going to more platforms now

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05-03-2011, 10:53 AM
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Say it ain't so

05-03-2011, 10:59 AM
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Wow. Wasn't Firemint doing the buying not to long ago. Well as long as they don't disrupt the quality of Firemint's games. Has chillingo changed much since EA acquired it? Which reminds me, I just saw a giant cut the rope ad in the Atlanta airport.

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05-03-2011, 11:00 AM
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Say it ain't so
I'm gona be slightly optimistic on this one. They did buy chilling recently and they just let them be. Hopefully that will be the case here too. Also it's has the potential to give them acess to more resources. I'm concerned that firemint will have a ton of Iap in there games now. But on the other hand it would be awesome to have a nfs game from firemint wouldn't it?

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05-03-2011, 11:05 AM
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I'm gona be slightly optimistic on this one. They did buy chilling recently and they just let them be. Hopefully that will be the case here too. Also it's has the potential to give them acess to more resources. I'm concerned that firemint will have a ton of Iap in there games now. But on the other hand it would be awesome to have a nfs game from firemint wouldn't it?
Well real racing is already its own franchise of games on ios, and flight control is one of the most successful casuals on the platform. Let's hope that is enough incentive for EA to just give them more assets and promotion and leave them be in how they make their games. I hope Firemint games continue to be released under their name, and I certainly hope they won't be included in the redundant 99c sales.

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05-03-2011, 11:06 AM
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Ea's been churning out pretty good titles on the ios. Most notable being dead space. So i guess this buyout aint such a bad thing. Plus ea loves to do their 0.99 sales. Whats not to love?
05-03-2011, 11:07 AM
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Firemint uses Game Center.

EA does not.

I hope Firemint gets EA on board with using Game Center and not the other way around.

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05-03-2011, 11:10 AM
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Weren't EA getting close to legal trouble for monopolizing the gaming industry a few years back? Seems like they're up to their old tricks again, probably thinking if they do it on the handheld market no one will notice... let's see who they buy out next.

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05-03-2011, 11:10 AM
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Originally Posted by SirAwesome View Post
I'm gona be slightly optimistic on this one. They did buy chilling recently and they just let them be. Hopefully that will be the case here too. Also it's has the potential to give them acess to more resources. I'm concerned that firemint will have a ton of Iap in there games now. But on the other hand it would be awesome to have a nfs game from firemint wouldn't it?
Well I don't think EA is going to ruin firemint but after their (firemint's) recent purchase of Infinite Interactive I didn't think this would happen.

I've enjoyed plenty of firemint games before iOS but I was really happy for their success because they are one of the few companies that were not only competing with the big studios... but trouncing them. I dont' know a single person with a NFS game on their iphone but they all have Real Racing 2.
05-03-2011, 11:10 AM
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Ea's been churning out pretty good titles on the ios. Most notable being dead space. So i guess this buyout aint such a bad thing. Plus ea loves to do their 0.99 sales. Whats not to love?
No that is the problem though. A lot of people bought real racing 1 and 2 at full rice because they knew Firemint hardly ever had sale. Firemint has a reputation as an excellent developer unwilling to yield to 99c sales every week. A quick look at appshopper shows that even their sale prices have never hit 99c with real racing 1 dropping to 1.99 only twice. But you are right though, with EA taking the platform more seriously, it is unlikely we shall see a drop in quality at any rate.

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