EA forms Wii team via Headgate studio buy

EA forms Wii team via Headgate studio buy
Michael French

By Michael French

December 1st 2006 at 9:30AM

Another company has thrown its weight behind Nintendo's Wii by forming a studio solely dedicated to developing games for the platform, as EA acquires Utah-based Headgate Studios.

The team will stay beased in Bountiful, Utah, and become EA Salt Lake. The development team at has worked with EA since 2000 on franchises such as Tiger Woods and Madden.

Vance Cook, CEO and founder of Headgate since its 1992 opening, will continue to lead the studio team as EP, reporting to Nick Earl, VP and GM of EA Redwood Shores/Maxis.

"Having worked with EA for the past six years, we know their teams share our work ethic, passion for creative excellence and commitment to quality. By joining EA, we are making official what we all already feel -- that we are part of the EA family. We couldn't be happier," said Cook.

"The team at Headgate is a great fit with EA's creative team. Their creative spirit and technical leadership have separated them from the pack," said Paul Lee, president of EA Studios. "Salt Lake City is a terrific place to make games – it's a dynamic city with a vibrant creative community and a great quality of life. We are thrilled to have them join EA.