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Leading interactive entertainment company to create 200 jobs

 

Taoiseach Welcomes Announcement that EA to
Establish Customer Service Centre in Galway

Galway, May 26th, 2010 - The Taoiseach Brian Cowen, TD today announcement that Electronic Arts (NASDAQ:ERTS) is to establish a European customer service and operations centre for its BioWare™ studio, to be based in Galway. This investment is being supported by Government through IDA Ireland, and will initially create 200 new jobs.

Commenting on today's announcement Taoiseach Brian Cowen, TD said "EA is the global leader in interactive entertainment and a very important addition to the thriving games industry in Ireland. This investment was won for Galway by IDA Ireland in the face of stiff competition from other European locations and as such it demonstrates yet again to the global investment community that Ireland continues to attract high-quality foreign direct investment in these challenging times for the world economy."

"The company will be a significant employer in the West of Ireland hiring multilingual customer support service agents and technical support staff and will contribute to the further development and attractiveness of the Region as a location for additional investment. We welcome EA to our business community and look forward to continued partnership in the years to come", added the Taoiseach.

"The new Irish location for BioWare will help us get closer to our fans in Europe," said Dr. Ray Muzyka, Senior Vice President, EA and Group General Manager, BioWare. "Galway gives us the right mix of solid technology infrastructure and international recruitment opportunities as we continue to focus on bringing the highest quality gaming experiences to market."

IDA Ireland CEO, Barry O'Leary commented that "This is a significant and strategic win for Ireland. EA joins a vibrant digital media sector and is a key endorsement of the skills and expertise available in Ireland for this sector. The Galway operation will add to Ireland's growing reputation as the Internet Capital of Europe and is testament to the expertise available throughout Ireland for investments of this nature."

EA will maintain its existing BioWare studio locations in Edmonton, Montreal, Fairfax, Virginia and Austin, Texas. The new location in Galway is expected to be up and running in 2011, starting with 200 staff.

The new Irish company is a wholly owned EA subsidiary. EA has existing European game teams based in Guildford, UK, Stockholm, Sweden, Ingelheim, Germany, Bucharest, Romania and Madrid, Spain.