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EA acquires Korean free-to-play developer

J2M to create online titles based on new and existing IP

Electronic Arts has acquired Korean free-to-play specialist J2MSoft, developer of Ray City, TAAN and Debut.

The studio will create online titles based on existing EA franchises and new IP.

"This is a significant step in EA's strategic plan for developing and publishing online games in Asia," said Jon Niermann, president of EA Asia.

"J2M is an experienced team of developers and we can't wait to have them start creating online games based on new properties and powerful EA franchises."

EA titles already in the Asian market include FIFA Online and NBA Street Online, with the publisher also working on Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning, Need for Speed and Battlefield Heroes for release next year.

"Korean developers have created a unique style of online games that is growing in popularity all over Asia," offered J2M founder and CEO KyungMin Bang.

"We are excited that EA is aligning with our vision for online game.

"Joining EA presents our team with an opportunity to significantly expand our base with players throughout Asia and around the world as well as to be at the forefront of online gaming."

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