EA Salt Lake

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EA Salt Lake
Headgate Studios
Industry Computer and video games
Interactive entertainment
Fate Reformed as Pentacalc LLC.
Founded 1992
Founder Vance Cook
Defunct April 2017
Headquarters 324 South State Street,
Salt Lake City, UT 84111-2321
, Salt Lake City, Utah, United States
Parent Independent (1992-1996, 1999-2006)
Sierra On-Line (1996-1999)
Electronic Arts
Website www.ea.com/de/locations/salt-lake-city/ Edit this on Wikidata

EA Salt Lake was an American video game developer located in Salt Lake City, Utah, United States. It was owned by video game publisher Electronic Arts (EA).

EA Salt Lake was founded by the studio's president, Vance Cook,[1] as Headgate Studios in 1992. As a veteran programmer for years at Access Software, the onetime premier developer of golf simulations, Cook had the experience and knowledge of how to create a rewarding golfing experience.[2] Headgate's first product was PentaCalc, a scientific calculator for Windows.[3]

From 1996 to 1999, Headgate solely developed golf games published by Sierra On-Line under Sierra's Front Page Sports brand.[4] In April 1996 the studio was purchased by Sierra. The golf product was later branded as PGA Championship Golf. On February 22, 1999 Sierra announced a major restructuring of their company, and sold the rights of the original studio back to Cook as a new corporate entity.[5]

In 2000, Headgate began publishing games through Electronic Arts. Headgate began developing Tiger Woods PGA Tour for the PC based on their existing golf engine. They were assigned by EA to develop the title on PC, PS2, Wii and Xbox for the 2007 title,[6] and the PC, PS2, and Wii for the 2008 title,[5][7] with the Xbox line getting cut by EA.

Headgate developed every Windows version of the EA Sports Tiger Woods golf franchise from 2001 to 2007. Headgate's golf games consistently got high praise from industry reviewers and have won numerous industry awards.[8][9][10][11][12][13]

On 1 December 2006, Headgate Studios was acquired by Electronic Arts. Headgate was redubbed EA Salt Lake. The studios' focus was redirected to developing games for Nintendo's new console, the Wii.[14]

On 21 July 2010, EA Salt Lake was moved from its home in Bountiful, Utah to a new state-of-the-art facility in downtown Salt Lake City, Utah, United States.[15]

In 2011, EA Salt Lake was moved to the EA Maxis division of Electronic Arts, which focuses on life simulation and casual games.

After a restructure to focus on mobile titles in January 2014, EA closed down the studio in April 2017.


As Headgate Studios:

As EA Salt Lake:


  1. ^ Headgate Studios profile at MobyGames
  2. ^ Vance Cook at MobyGames
  3. ^ Headgate's website list of projects
  4. ^ Front Page Golf review @ gamespot.com
  5. ^ a b Headgate company history Archived August 13, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
  6. ^ Gamespot details of Tiger Woods PGA Tour 07 Retrieved January 9, 2018.
  7. ^ Gamespot details of Tiger Woods PGA Tour 08 Retrieved January 9, 2018.
  8. ^ PGA Championship Golf 2000 review from GameSpot
  9. ^ "Tiger Woods 2001 PGA Tour (PC) Review". Sports Gaming Network. Retrieved January 9, 2018.
  10. ^ Ivan Sulic (February 19, 2002). "Tiger Woods 2002 Review". IGN. News Corporation. Retrieved January 9, 2018.
  11. ^ William Abner (November 1, 2002). "Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2003 Review". GameSpy. Retrieved January 9, 2018.
  12. ^ Fran Mirabella (September 23, 2003). "Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2004". IGN. News Corporation. Retrieved January 9, 2018.
  13. ^ "Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2005". GameRankings. CBS Interactive. Retrieved January 9, 2018.
  14. ^ Tor Thorsen (November 30, 2006). "EA forms Wii-centric studio". GameSpot. CBS Interactive. Retrieved January 9, 2018.
  15. ^ Tom Harvey (July 21, 2010). "Electronic Arts opens Salt Lake City office". The Salt Lake Tribune. Retrieved January 9, 2018.
  16. ^ The Godfather: The Game credits from MobyGames

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