After successfully bringing Codemasters under their roof, EA is embarking on the acquisition of another studio, this time one that specializes in creating mobile games, such as Diner Dash and Kim Kardashian Hollywood.
Electronic Arts have announced yesterday that they have reached a deal with developer and publisher of mobile games, Glu Mobile, worth $2.1 billion. Glu has offices in San Francisco, Foster City, Toronto and Hyderabad, and has about 800 employees, of which as many as 500 are developers.
Their game library consists of titles such as: Covet Fashion, Deer Hunter, Design Home, Diner Dash, Disney Sorcerer's Arena, MLB Tap Sports Baseball, and Kim Kardashian Hollywood.
With this move, EA wants to combine its successful IPs with the creativity of Glu studio, which has perfected building and monetizing sports and casual mobile games.
"Our acquisition of Glu combines amazing teams and deeply-engaging products to create a mobile games leader with proven expertise across many fast-growing genres," said EA CEO Andrew Wilson.
Mobile continues to grow as the biggest gaming platform in the world, and with the addition of Glu's games and talent, we're doubling the size of our mobile business. With a deep IP portfolio and an expanding global audience, we'll deliver more exciting experiences for our players and drive further growth for Electronic Arts. "
EA predicts that all commitments around this deal could be completed by June 31, which means that the acquisition of Glu Mobile will be completed in the second half of this year.