Electronic Arts Buys SCI

Electronic Arts Buys SCI

The already-enormous video game studio and publisher Electronic Arts has announced it is buying Super Computer International (SCI) for an undisclosed amount, and plans to bring the company’s technology assets into EA’s own Online Technology Group. SCI develops gaming client applications and software tools, and is the creator of PlayLinc, an online messaging and game-browsing system that combines social networking with team management, IM, VoIP, invitations, and other game-centric real-time social features.

EA says SCI’s CEO Jesper Jensen will continue to lead the SCI team within EA’s Online Technology Group.

“SCI’s development expertise is uniquely suited to our online technology needs,” said Nanea Reeves, COO of EA’s Online Technology Group, in a statement. “The team’s technical leadership and creative approach is a great fit, and we’re thrilled to have them join EA.”

Industry speculation has EA leveraging the PlayLinc platform to enhance multiplayer online gaming across a swath of EA titles.

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