Games: EA Buys Social Gaming Client Super Computer International; Microsoft Splits With Halo
Couple of game related stories: -- Electronic Arts (NSDQ: ERTS) has bought Atlanta-based Super Computer International (SCI), a provider of gaming client apps and software tools for the PC. Financial terms weren’t disclosed. SCI development team will join EA’s Online Technology Group. SCI is the creator of PlayLinc, an online game browsing and messaging platform that includes IM and VoIP, buddy tracking, player invitations, team management and more. PlayLInc had distribution deals with Verizon (NYSE: VZ) and AOL (NYSE: TWX), among others. More in release. -- Microsoft (NSDQ: MSFT) has parted ways with Bungie Studios, the creator of Halo. Renamed Bungie LLC, it became a privately held independent company, effective this month. Microsoft retains a minority equity interest in the new business, which will continue to focus on developing games for Microsoft platforms, according to Harold Ryan, Bungie’s studio head. More here in release.