EA has just announced that they have acquired Chillingo as part of their EA Mobile brand.
This news is further proof that major publishers are looking at smaller companies, such as iPhone developers and publishers for ways to win a spot in the mobile games industry. We've already learned in the past that there is major money to be had in the mobile gaming industry, with the App Store being one of the most successful distribution methods.
Here is the press release:
REDWOOD CITY, Calif., Oct 20, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) — Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ:ERTS) today announced it has acquired Chillingo Ltd., a leading independent games publisher. With the acquisition of Chillingo, EA Mobile(TM) has increased market leadership on the Apple(R) platform and strengthened its position as the world's leading wireless entertainment publisher. The acquisition combines Chillingo's expertise in cultivating the ideas of independent developers with EA's global reach in mobile publishing. Chillingo is widely recognized for publishing highly original and successful games from the developer community. EA is committed to preserving Chillingo's independence enabling them to manage and cultivate their great network of relationships to deliver the optimal gaming experience for consumers.
We've read about past successes with indie developers making it big through the App Store: Trainyard is an excellent example as well as several other game developers. Of course mobile developers and publishers are getting more and more notice these days, just last week Ngmoco was picked up by DeNA.