October 14, 2005

EA and Spielberg to develop three new video games

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Oscar-winning director Steven
Spielberg and Electronic Arts, the world's biggest video game
publisher, said on Friday they are teaming up to develop three
original video game titles.

Spielberg, a video game enthusiast and co-founder of
DreamWorks SKG, will work with EA's Los Angeles studio on the
concept, story and design of the new game franchises. Terms of
the multiyear, exclusive agreement were not disclosed.

Neil Young, vice president and studio head at EA Los
Angeles, said that Spielberg and EA's developers are aiming to
deliver titles that take advantage of new technology in
upcoming gaming consoles, while delivering more engaging and
novel play and entertainment.

"Who is a better person to tackle that challenge with than
Steven Spielberg?" Young said.

EA will own the intellectual property and the games, which
it will develop, publish and distribute. Spielberg -- who
directed such films as "Schindler's List," "Saving Private
Ryan" and "E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial" -- gets the first crack
at turning the games into film or television productions.

DreamWorks had produced video games for a time under its
DreamWorks Interactive division, but EA bought that property in
2000. The unit, which created the World War II "Medal of Honor"
game series, is now known as EA Los Angeles.