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EA Acquires Smartphone Racing Game Developers Firemint

Electronic Arts have moved to acquire Australian mobile phone games developer Firemint for an undisclosed sum.

The acquisition, which will be completed within the next four weeks, will allow EA to move into the growing mobile phone and online games market.

Firemint started out developing racing games and simulation titles and has made a respectable name for its itself in the mobile phone games market with the launch of Apple’s App Store. The studio is behind popular games like Flight Control, Real Racing and Real Racing 2.

Apart from Apple’s platform, Firemint also makes mobile games for Google’s Android platform and Microsoft’s Windows Phone platform.

"The Firemint team is remarkable for its critical and commercial success," Barry Cottle, executive vice president and general manger of EA Interactive, said in a statement, CNET (opens in new tab) reports.

The game publisher has been busy expanding its mobile phone games portfolio with the recent acquisition of Mobile Post Production and Chillingo.

“The added technical expertise of MPP, combined with the creative talent of Firemint and our EA 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,” Cottle added.