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Report: EA Partners Label To Close

Jonathan Lester
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Report: EA Partners Label To Close

According to the latest industry buzz, EA may be planning to close their Partners program, which previously lead to numerous independent games both large and small receiving publicity and funding.

Game Informer cites "multiple anonymous sources close to the matter," who tell them that "the EA Partners label will soon be shut down." This contract-based publishing arrangement brought us the likes of Crysis, Shadows Of The Damned, Alice: Madness Returns, but also allowed smaller indie studios to get their foot in the door such as WARP, Shank and Gatling Gears. Having spoken to the likes of Klei Entertainment and Vanguard, I can confirm that EA literally only provides funding, publicity and clout when it comes to securing valuable XBLA/PSN slots, allowing the developers to do what they do best unhindered.

Personally speaking, I'm not sure if this is would be a particularly forward-thinking move. Not only does EA Partners allow the publisher to offer a diverse range of games with little of the risk involved with big-budget AAA development, but it also creates a lot of goodwill. Indeed, allowing smaller titles to come to fruition without interference may be one of the only unquestionably 'nice' things they've actually done over the last few years, and deserves to be lauded rather than shut down. Either way, we'll wait to see if anything comes of these rumours.

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