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EA, GameSpy in Tech Development Deal

18 Nov, 2002 By: Hive News

GameSpy Industries and Electronic Arts today announced a multiyear technology licensing and services agreement to incorporate GameSpy's middleware into select PC games that feature online gameplay.

Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

GameSpy will also provide assistance in managing the back-end services for EA's online games that use the GameSpy middleware, providing server, bandwidth and reporting support.

"GameSpy's online gaming solutions provide us with code that's easy to integrate seamlessly into our games, and a reliable back-end infrastructure," said David McCombe, director, Piracy Protection for Electronic Arts. "Once our games are released, GameSpy takes care of managing the online infrastructure, freeing up our resources to build new games."

Electronic Arts will also make GameSpy technology and services available to its co-publishing partners.

The deal is an outgrowth of the companies' prior work together, supplying middleware and back end online gameplay support for titles such as Medal of Honor Allied Assault and Freedom Force.

"Having EA as a long-term partner is an exceptional endorsement for our company and its technology," said Mark Surfas, CEO of GameSpy Industries. "Their standards for third-party tools are among the toughest in the business, and we're proud to have earned their confidence."

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