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Headgate Studios Bought by EA, Focuses on Wii

by Evan Burchfield - November 30, 2006, 10:37 pm PST
Total comments: 6 Source: Press Release

Maker of Tiger Woods golf games for PC is now devoted to Wii development under EA banner.


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.


TrueNerdNovember 30, 2006

Huzzah for more big name 3rd party support that understands that lazy ports will not fly on the Wii. It's never too late to redeem yourselves, EA.

PaleMike Gamin, Contributing EditorNovember 30, 2006

Salt Lake City is becoming a center for Wii Development?

nitsu niflheimNovember 30, 2006

As much as I don't love EA, this is good news for Wii/Nintendo.

DjunknownDecember 01, 2006


Terms of the transaction were not disclosed

Are they ever disclosed in this business?

EA Burnaby (right next to Vancouver, British Cloumbia, Canada) is also Wii dedicated, right?

~Carmine M. Red

SgtShiversBenDecember 02, 2006

EA...burn a baby?

This is good news too. I'm hoping that the Wii version of Tiger Woods is good, if not better, than WiiSport's golf. And online plz.

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