REDWOOD CITY, CA and BEDMINSTER, NJ — Electronic Arts (NASDAQ: ERTS), the world's leading interactive entertainment company and Verizon Wireless, the nation's leading wireless provider, today announced a publishing relationship that will bring EA's blockbuster games to Verizon Wireless Get It Now® customers. In coming weeks, the initial launch line-up is expected to include graphically rich versions of Madden NFL 06, NBA LIVE 06, Tiger Woods PGA TOUR® 06, FIFA 06, Need for Speed Most Wanted, The Sims 2, and popular games from Pogo.com including Tri-Peaks Solitaire, Turbo 21 and Poppit. Verizon Wireless customers with V CAST-enabled phones can download 3D games and can take advantage of Need for SpeedTM Underground 2 which will launch in 3D exclusively on V CAST from Verizon Wireless.
John Stratton, vice president and chief marketing officer for Verizon Wireless said, "Our relationship with one of the world's most innovative game developers and publishers will bring many of EA's most popular titles to our vast customer base, giving our Get It Now gamers access to the most advanced wireless games on the market. Armed with V CAST-enabled wireless phones, customers from coast to coast can easily enjoy the titles' advanced 3D graphics and sounds delivered over our wireless broadband network."
John Batter, VP and General Manager of EA Mobile stated, "Like Verizon Wireless, we are 100% committed to delivering the most compelling on-the-go entertainment experiences to mobile phone users. Verizon Wireless' network provides us with the platform, audience and technology needed to showcase our games' advanced graphics and unforgettable gameplay. With our extensive line-up of 3D games, EA is using state-of-the-art technology to deliver the most powerful line-up of hit games available."
Kicking off with the release of Madden NFL 06, the line-up of EA games on Verizon Wireless' Get It Now service is unmatched. Whether it is hoops action with NBA LIVE 06, footie madness with FIFA 06, cop evasion and tuner culture with Need for Speed Most Wanted or going for a hole in one with Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 06, players will get the most out of EA SPORTSTM on Verizon Wireless' Get It Now service. For players that prefer puzzles and personalities to athletics, EA will bring the world's most popular simulation game with The Sims 2 as well as Tri-Peaks Solitaire, Turbo 21 and Poppit! from Pogo.com - the world's most popular destination for puzzle games.
Verizon Wireless' Get It Now service offers customers a virtual store right on their phones with games, ring tones, productivity applications and more. The getGAMES shopping aisle contains a wide variety of action, sports, puzzle, strategy and other games to keep players entertained. Located within the getGAMES shopping aisle, V CAST Games offer Verizon Wireless customers the latest in wireless applications with 3D games featuring enhanced sound, graphics and depth. Downloading 3D games in the V CAST coverage area is fast, and once downloaded onto a customer's phone, games may be played anywhere.
V CAST from Verizon Wireless is the nation's first wireless broadband multimedia service for consumers that brings high-quality video, 3D games and music straight to hot new phones. V CAST customers have access to more content from top content partners than customers of any other carrier.
About Electronic ArtsElectronic Arts (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, 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.
About Verizon WirelessVerizon Wireless owns and operates the nation's most reliable wireless network, serving 45.5 million voice and data customers. Headquartered in Bedminster, NJ, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE:VZ) and Vodafone (NYSE and LSE: VOD). Find more information on the Web at www.verizonwireless.com. To preview and request broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.
About Get It NowGet It Now from Verizon Wireless puts a virtual software store inside a wireless phone and lets customers download applications over the air and purchase them directly from their phones. Virtual shopping aisles, including getGAMES, getTONES, getGOING, getPIX, getFUN and getMESSAGING, are organized to help customers find what they want, when they want it.
Electronic Arts, EA, EA SPORTS, EA SPORTS BIG, POGO, POGO.com, The Sims, Need for Speed, Poppit! and Turbo 21 are trademarks or registered trademarks of Electronic Arts Inc. in the U. S. and/or other countries. Tiger Woods, PGA TOUR, NFL, NBA and FIFA are trademarks of their respective owners and used with permission. Get It Now is a registered trademark of Verizon Wireless. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.####