Melbourne games studios merge to create Firemonkeys
Two of Victoria’s leading games studios, IronMonkey and Firemint, renowned internationally as pacesetters in the mobile games space, have merged to form Australia’s biggest games development studio, Firemonkeys.
The two studios have entertained over 50 million players in 2012 alone with titles including Flight Control, SPY mouse and Real Racing from Firemint, along with Mass Effect Infiltrator, Dead Space and The Sims FreePlay from Iron Monkey.
Parent company Electronic Arts (EA) is focused on aligning the strategy of IronMonkey and Firemint, to develop the next generation of high-quality mobile game experiences.
Rob Murray, Executive Producer of Firemint Studios said he was looking forward to bringing together two such high performing teams.
“IronMonkey and Firemint have solid reputations for producing well-known games and we are excited to have the opportunity to share best practices, technology and resources,” he said.
Iron Monkey general manager Tony Lay said the merger would increase the reach of the award-winning games studios.
“Combining the incredible talent pool in Melbourne, as well as leveraging the EA brand sets us up for further success in the mobile arena,” he said.
Firemonkeys will continue to work on individual products in addition to collaborating on new ones out of the EA Melbourne office.