EA Sports opens Austin studio

By Brenna Hillier, Tuesday, 19 July 2011 06:41 GMT

EA has made its new Texas development studio official, and announced 300 new jobs.

Joystiq reports the new positions will be concentrated on the new EA Sports studio, which will be housed in BioWare’s old offices in Austin, as well as EA Games, IT and finance roles in other locales.

The new studios will support EA Sports’ current teams in Orlando and Burnaby at first. It has not been decided which franchises the Austin team will work on.

“I think we’ll probably start this first year somewhere around 30-35, just to get the team up and moving, just so they can start building features and working on HD platform development,” EA Sports chief Daryl Holt said.

EA Sports stressed that the new studio will not undermine current teams at Tiburon, Burnaby, Blackbox and Vancouver.

“We’re not going to disrupt what’s currently going on,” Holt said.

“Orlando’s expanding, Burnaby’s expanding, EA’s growing.”

A leaked internal memo had previously revealed EA’s plans for a Texan studio.

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