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EA acquires Black Box Games

  EA announced that they have come to an agreement to acquire Black Box Games, a 100-person development studio based in Vancouver. While the financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed, it was made clear that Black Box Games would become a wholly owned subsidiary of Electronic Arts.

   "Black Box Games is a studio full of highly-talented and creative people," said Paul Lee, Senior Vice President and COO of Electronic Arts. "They have an impressive track record for developing multiple titles across several platforms. This acquisition brings us a powerhouse team to work on future titles for the Sony PlayStation 2 console, Nintendo GameCube and Xbox system from Microsoft."

   "We have had a great relationship with EA as an outside developer for several years," said Paul Tremblay, CEO of Black Box Games. "This next big step of becoming part of the world's largest and most talented game development studio is an absolute thrill and certainly the biggest reward for producing high quality titles over the past four years."

   Black Box is currently working on EA's latest installment in the Need for Speed franchise, Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit 2, which had an amazing kiosk and trailer on display at this year's E3. They have also produced games such as EA's NASAR Thunder 2002, Midway's NHL Hitz 2002, and Sega's Soccer Slam.

6/11/2002 Ryan Hartmann

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