CHERTSEY, UK, - October 14, 2005 - In
a ground-breaking long term agreement, Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: ERTS) today
announced that Academy Award® winner Steven Spielberg will be collaborating with
the game makers at EA's Los Angeles studio (EALA) to create three new original
franchise properties. Beginning this year, with offices located on site at EALA,
Spielberg will work directly with EA's development teams to offer his signature
style of storytelling to the concept, design, story and artistic visualization
of the new games. EA will own the intellectual properties and the game
franchises will be developed, published and distributed worldwide by EA.
Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
"I have been playing EA games for years and have watched them master the
interactive format." said Steven Spielberg. "Having watched the game industry
grow from a niche into a major creative force in entertainment, I have a great
deal of respect for EA's understanding of the interactive format. I'm looking
forward to working closely with the team in Los Angeles."