EA Salt Lake is an American video game developer located in Salt Lake City, Utah, United States. It is owned by video game publisher Electronic Arts (EA).
EA Salt Lake was founded by the studio's president, Vance Cook, 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. Headgate's first product was PentaCalc, a scientific calculator for Windows.
From 1996 to 1999, Headgate solely developed golf games published by Sierra Entertainment under Sierra's Front Page Sports brand. 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.
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, and the PC, PS2, and Wii for the 2008 title, 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.
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.
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.