NuFX Joins EA Worldwide Studios; Long-Time Development Partner on NBA STREET and EA SPORTS Fight Night 2004 Acquired by EA

REDWOOD CITY, Calif.--()--Feb. 13, 2004--Electronic Arts (Nasdaq:ERTS) today announced the acquisition of NuFX, a critically-acclaimed developer of basketball and other sports games. The developer and its employees will remain in Hoffman Estates, Ill. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

NuFX is known primarily for development on EA's blockbuster NBA STREET franchise and currently is finishing the eagerly-awaited EA SPORTS(TM) Fight Night 2004, due this spring. NuFX also partnered with Electronic Arts on versions of EA's NCAA(R) March Madness(TM), NBA LIVE and FIFA Soccer franchises.

"It's an exciting opportunity to add NuFX's talented development team to the high-performing teams at EA," said John Schappert, EA Senior Vice President and General Manager. "We have worked closely with NuFX's team for the past eleven years and are thrilled to have them become part of EA. The team is already working on its next project that will be announced at a later date."

"EA and NuFX have worked on 15 games together and this deal solidifies that EA is committed to growing this development studio and will continue to provide us with the best tools and creative direction to make great EA games," said Lou Haehn, NuFX President.

"After working so closely with EA for many years, it is a great opportunity for the team here at NuFX now to have all the advantages of being a fully integrated part of EA's worldwide studio system," said Patrick Quinn, Head of Product Development for NuFX.

EA is the world's leading developer and publisher of interactive entertainment. EA makes games for all major platforms and in calendar 2003 had 27 titles that sold more than one million units worldwide, including NBA STREET Vol. 2, which sold more than 1.5 million units.

About Electronic Arts

Electronic Arts (EA), headquartered in Redwood City, Calif., is the world's leading interactive entertainment software company. Founded in 1982, Electronic Arts posted revenues of $2.5 billion for fiscal 2003. The company develops, publishes, and distributes interactive software worldwide for video game systems, personal computers and the Internet. Electronic Arts markets its products under three brand names: EA SPORTS(TM), EA GAMES(TM), and EA SPORTS BIG(TM). EA's homepage and online game site is www.ea.com. More information about EA's products and full text of press releases can be found on the Internet at http://info.ea.com.

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Contacts

Electronic Arts
Trudy Muller, 650-628-7323
tmuller@ea.com
Tiffany Steckler, (0)1932 450130 (Europe)
tsteckler@ea.uk

Contacts

Electronic Arts
Trudy Muller, 650-628-7323
tmuller@ea.com
Tiffany Steckler, (0)1932 450130 (Europe)
tsteckler@ea.uk