Eidos snares EA man for new studio shopping spree

The new corporate development boss at Eidos Phil Rogers has told MCV that he is on the prowl for “significant acquisitions” after being pinched by the Britsoft firm from EA this week.

Rogers moves over from his role as VP of corporate development at EA, a position he held for the past three years.

“There’s a slew of great IP through Warner Brothers and in the Eidos business that this company can take advantage of by acquiring new talent,” Rogers told MCV. “This group is looking for studio acquisitions to help it achieve what it wants to in a better or a bigger way.”

The tough talk follows a monumental £44.5 million deal with US entertainment giant Warner Bros, giving the Britsoft firm the funding to expand its development capability to become a truly global publishing force.

“SCi has a hard focus on creating and developing its own IP and doesn’t rule out any size of deal that we can go after," added Rogers. "It is capable of yet more significant acquisitions.”

Reporting directly into SCi’s Board, Rogers’ remit will be to assess market opportunities and identify strategic areas for development.

Rogers joins SCi just a month after the firm bought casual and mobile games development outfit Rockpool Games and Eidos announced that it was to open a new development studio in Montreal, Canada, which will employ 350 people.

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