Qualcomm Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM), pioneer and world leader of Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) digital wireless technology and Electronic Arts (Nasdaq: ERTS), the world's leading independent publisher and developer of interactive entertainment software, today announced an agreement for EA to become a publisher of wireless games developed for Qualcomm's BREW solution. EA's premier roster of BREW games will feature popular titles, including Madden NFL 2006, The Sims™ 2 Mobile, Need for Speed™ Underground 2, Tiger Woods PGA Tour® 2006, EA SPORTS™ FIFA Football 2006, as well as Poppit!™, Turbo 21™ and Tri Peaks Solitaire from Pogo.com™. Additional games will be announced over the course of the year.
EA has a distinguished and proven reputation for creating high-quality games for consoles, PCs and handheld devices. As wireless gaming continues to gain momentum in the marketplace, the company's move to publish and develop BREW games is especially timely and strategic. Since BREW's introduction in 2001, Qualcomm estimates that more than 340 million BREW applications have been downloaded worldwide, a significant percentage of which are mobile games.
“We are very pleased to be working with EA as it extends many of its most exciting titles to users around the world with BREW mobile phones,” said Peggy Johnson, president of Qualcomm Internet Services. “EA's move into this space is also a strong validation of the mobile medium's proven revenue opportunity and enormous potential for continued growth, along with its increasing sophistication, particularly in the realms of 3D graphics, multiplayer and cross-platform gaming.”
“During the past several years, mobile gaming technologies have really taken off. The growth and opportunity in the mobile market has inspired us to bring some of our most popular game franchises to this exciting new medium,” said John Batter, vice president of Electronic Arts and general manager of EA Mobile. “As game developers, the combination of Qualcomm's BREW solution, the advent of advanced 3D graphics support and higher speed wireless networks such as CDMA2000 1xEV-DO and WCDMA/UMTS, are providing us the opportunity to create an entertaining and interactive experience for mobile game players worldwide.”
About Electronic Arts
Electronic Arts Inc. (EA), headquartered in Redwood City, California, is the world's leading interactive entertainment software company. Founded in 1982, the company develops, publishes, and distributes interactive software worldwide for videogame systems, personal computers and the Internet. Electronic Arts markets its products under four brand names: EA SPORTS™, EA™ and EA SPORTS BIG™, and POGO™. In fiscal 2005, EA posted revenues of $3.1 billion and had 31 titles that sold more than one million copies. EA's homepage and online game site is www.ea.com. More information about EA's products and full text of press releases can be found on the Internet at http://info.ea.com.
Qualcomm's BREW solution is designed to meet the distinct and varied needs of wireless operators, handset manufacturers, publishers, developers and end users around the world. BREW products and services include: an open, extensible client platform that supports robust system and application software including personalized and branded user interfaces for mass market devices; a J2EE™-based, modular delivery system that enables the distribution of content, applications and user interfaces to wireless devices across all air interfaces; a dedicated professional services team that supports the integration of customized implementations; and the wireless industry's first global marketplace to support the monetization of applications and services developed in all programming languages. The BREW solution can make the wireless visions of innovative companies a reality.
Qualcomm Incorporated (www.qualcomm.com) is a leader in developing and delivering innovative digital wireless communications products and services based on the Company's CDMA digital technology. Headquartered in San Diego, Calif., Qualcomm is included in the S&P 500 Index and is a 2005 FORTUNE 500® company traded on The Nasdaq Stock Market® under the ticker symbol QCOM.
Except for the historical information contained herein, this news release contains forward-looking statements that are subject to risks and uncertainties, including the extent and speed to which the BREW solution is adopted and deployed, change in economic conditions of the various markets the Company serves, as well as the other risks detailed from time to time in the Company's SEC reports, including the report on Form 10-K for the year ended September 26, 2004, and most recent Form 10-Q.