EA 'buys another social games dev'

EA 'buys another social games dev'

By Rob Crossley

July 12th 2011 at 10:28AM

New owners for the Facebook and Flash studio Ohai, according to reports

Electronic Arts has acquired the social games studio Ohai, according to reports.

The deal has not been confirmed by EA, though investment publication Venturebeat believes the studio has been purchased for a small fee.

Ohai raised $6 million in January 2009, though its first major Facebook project, the vampire MMO City of Eternals, is not often considered to have been a success.

The group went on to build Adobe Flash 3D games, though these too did not reward the studio’s talent with popularity.

“The sale is a logical outcome of what happens when you try to take on Zynga and don’t succeed,” read an editorial from Venturebeat.

Electronic Arts has invested significant sums of cash into the mobile and social games spaces. It owns social giant Playfish, as well as smartphone publishing brand Chillingo.

LAst month it was rumoured that EA is ready to buy social studio PopCap.