London, UK– 18, February, 2010– EA Mobile™, a division of Electronic Arts Inc., (NASDAQ:ERTS) today announced it has signed an agreement with THQ Wireless, a division of THQ Inc. (NASDAQ: THQI), and independent software studio Team17 Software, which grants EA Mobile the worldwide publishing rights to the existing mobile Worms™ catalogue and the license to develop future Worms games on mobile phones. As part of the deal, the first new title in development at EA’s Romania studio is WORMS, which is now available to download for mobile phones around the world.
The classic turn-based comedy war game returns to mobile with a bang. Celebrating its 15th anniversary this year, the original experience is being updated for 2010 with all the favourite weapons and outlandish fun of the series. WORMS also includes a host of new features such as weapons, modes, levels and enhanced graphics to keep players worming their way back for more explosive fun.
Effective immediately, the catalogue of existing games licensed to EA Mobile also includes Worms 2008, Worms 2007, Worms Forts 3D, Worms Crazy Golf and Worms 2. Team 17 retains the rights to existing and future iPhone/iPod touch versions of the Worms franchise.
“At EA Mobile we are great fans of the Worms series and are pleased to be able to expand the hugely successful franchise with new exciting content as seen in the all new WORMS, and make it available to a larger fan base around the world through more channels and in more countries than ever before.” said Luca Pagano, Vice President, Publishing, EA Mobile.
Adds Team 17 Joint CEO Debbie Bestwick“As the market leader in mobile gaming, EA Mobile’s reach and breadth of partner relationships will massively help Worms’ positioning and greatly increase appeal to a new generation of mobile gamers.”
About EA Mobile
EA Mobile™ is the world’s leading wireless entertainment publisher with award-winning games such as Tetris®, Bejeweled®, The Sims™, and Need For Speed™. The EA Mobile portfolio also includes casual games based on the company’s partnership with Hasbro, Inc. including MONOPOLY, YAHTZEE and SCRABBLE (in the U.S. and Canada) as well as sports blockbusters from the EA SPORTS™ brand, including Madden NFL Football, Tiger Woods PGA TOUR, and FIFA. EA Mobile develops games for multiple mobile platforms including mobile phones, smartphones, the iPhone™ and iPod®. For more information about EA Mobile, please visit www.eamobile.com.
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This classic action-strategy title has been published and developed by Team17 since 1995. Total sales are in excess of 20 Million units across a wide range of platforms. A firm favourite the world over, the game has won countless awards with the most recently being 'XBLA Casual Game of the Year' and 'XBLA Most Played Game'. Worms was the 3rd best selling game on AppStore 2009 and No.1 on Xbox Live Arcade, Christmas 2009. The Worms IP is wholly owned by Team17 Software Ltd.
Team17 are a veteran UK independent developer and digital publisher now in their 20th year. A rich portfolio of IP includes Worms, Superfrog, Body Blows and the recently released Alien Breed Evolution for next-generation platforms.