Two Melbourne-based mobile game development studios have united under one banner and are now the largest developer in Australia.
The studios in question, IronMonkey and Firemint, shall henceforth be known as FireMonkeys, publisher EA has announced.
As separate entities, the studios’ portfolios included Flight Control, SPY Mouse, and Real Racing (Firemint), and Mass Effect Infiltrator, Dead Space, and The Sims FreePlay (IronMonkey).
“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,” said Firemint and now FireMonkeys executive producer Rob Murray.
“Both of these studios have produced award-winning games and we believe combining the incredible talent pool in Melbourne, as well as leveraging the EA brand, sets us up for further success in the mobile arena,” said IronMonkey and now FireMonkeys general manager Tony Lay.
The new studio is looking to expand further with the hiring of several new staff.
The Firemonkeys team will continue to work on separate products in addition to collaborating on new ones out of the EA Melbourne office.