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EA Opens Development Studio in Chicago

Electronic Arts today inaugurated its new studio in downtown Chicago at 215 West Ohio Street. The development team is best known for the hit EA SPORTS Fight Night franchise and is currently working on three state-of-the-art games for the PlayStation 3 and the Xbox 360, including the hip-hop lifestyle game, DEF JAM: ICON, as well as a licensed title and a new intellectual property in the fighting videogame genre. EA Chicago is one of the fastest growing studios at EA with 150 employees currently on staff. EA is planning to increase the number of developers by 100 next year.

The city of Chicago offers EA a unique cross-section of talent drawn from across the Midwest. The history, culture and lifestyle draw creative, design and computer science talent from around the country. By placing the studio in the heart of the city, EA is able to draw from this rich talent pool while offering its employees a sophisticated office space with easy access to public transportation and a host of restaurants and entertainment venues in the near vicinity.

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“We are pushing next generation development and technology to the limits and looking for the best talent to help us to create innovative games,” said Kudo Tsunoda, Vice President and General Manager, EA Chicago. “We are in a great location downtown in a unique building that gives us access and visibility to the best resources and creative minds of this thriving city.”