Gaming behemoth Electronic Arts announced it would be splitting the company into 4, namely EA Games, EA Sports, EA Sims and EA Casual. The first two cater for the classic console and specific sports properties respectively and – rather remarkably – the 3rd creates a whole division for one single property, namely the ludicrously successful Sims. It would seem that this is a sign for more to come, that is after Sims packs some of which 3rd party-sponsored/endorsed/branded. So we are probably here to see the first moves towards an MMO, an online community, etc, etc.
EA Mobile will become part of EA Casual (this piece had been announced a few days earlier). Reuters interestingly speaks of casual games as “games, which are usually played online or on mobile phones, are a small but rapidly growing part of the industry.” So now mobile games are already part of the “usual” – great news!
EA Mobile will surely continue to serve as the mobile extension for EA’s other divisions’ properties and licenses, such as Tiger Woods, FIFA, Need for Speed, Madden NFL etc. The division’s new President, Kathy Vrabeck formerly of Activision, at least mentioned something along those lines, so no big news here.