EA Buys The New Studio of Bungie’s Co-Founder
Through a statement, EA announced the acquisition of Industrial Toys, a studio based in California, United States. It is a development team consisting of 14 employees and which was founded by Alex Seropian, co-founder of Bungie and Wideload Games.
In its statement, Electronic Arts shared few details about the transaction, so we do not know how much money was paid or what percentage of shares it acquired. That said, the company said the deal was closed this month.
“Creating breakthrough games takes passionate developers and incredible creativity, and each time we’ve worked with the Industrial Toys team, we’ve been inspired by their unique approach,” said Samatha Ryan, vice president of EA Worldwide Studios. “We’re thrilled to have them join our studio organization, pursue new ideas together and bring amazing new games to our players.”
It is important that Industrial Toys will continue to operate normally and its 14 members will remain together. So, the big difference is that now they will work as part of the EA Worldwide Studios label.
Industrial Toys was founded in 2012 with the mission of creating titles for mobile platforms that are attractive to hardcore players. Its first project was Midnight Star, a sci-fi themed shooter that arrived in February 2015 to iOS devices. A year later, the company launched Midnight Star: Renegade, a sequel that takes place 120 years after the original events and that takes players to new areas.