EA has taken another step in its quest for mobile dominance. The jumbo publisher has announced an agreement to acquire Firemint, the indie, Australian dev behind such iOS hits as Flight Control and Real Racing. The deal will grant EA the creative firepower of Firemint, bolstering its goals to port console-like gaming experiences to the touch screen. Firemint will roll under EAi, Electronic Arts’ mobile games business. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
The deal follows EA’s recent mobile shopping spree. Last October it scooped up Chillingo, the publisher behind Angry Birds and Cut the Rope. It also disclosed via the Firemint announcement that it recently bought Mobile Post Production Inc. (MPP), a company that specializes in cross-platform dev for smartphones.
If you’ve spent any time perusing games in an app store, it’s hard to miss EA. NBA Jam on iOS is among the top grossing games. It also shockingly stands up to the console version — especially if you can look beyond that whole smudgy button-less thing.