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Which company do you loathe more to do business with, Electronic Arts or Bank of America? They're two very different operations, but nevertheless, both companies advanced to a 'championship' round of sorts in an annual poll by The Consumerist to determine the Worst Company in America. When the dust settled from more than 250,000 votes, Electronic Arts emerged victorious, if you want to call it that, winning the comically titled '2012 Golden Poo' award (we're guessing it doesn't smell like roses). "To those who might sneer at something as 'non-essential' as a video game company winning the Worst Company In America vote: It's that exact kind of attitude that allows people to ignore the complaints... Read more...
We're big fans of full contact Football and, up through the 1980s, Basketball could be considered a contact sport until the NBA decided that that league's multimillion dollar Basketball  stars shouldn't be so much as sneezed on when driving to the basket (seriously, is the NBA really more entertaining without these kind of hard fouls?). But full contact Bingo? That's a new one to us, though not to Electronic Arts, which apparently decided to file trademark applications for the term earlier this month. EA submitted two separate applications for Full Contact Bingo (serial numbers 85560267 and 85560275), one that applies to "Entertainment services, namely, providing an on-line computer game;... Read more...
PopCap Games has been acquired by Electronic Arts (EA), as had been rumored some time ago. Originally, the offer was thought to be $1 billion, but the actual deal price turns out to be $750 million. PopCap had previously said it was looking toward an IPO, in the October timeframe. The two companies, quite naturally, lauded the other party quite a bit in released statements. EA CEO John Riccitiello said, “EA and PopCap are a compelling combination. PopCap’s great studio talent and powerful IP add to EA’s momentum and accelerate our drive towards a $1 billion digital business. EA’s global studio and publishing network will help PopCap rapidly expand their business to more... Read more...
PopCap Games, creator of well-known and popular casual games such as Bejeweled, Peggle, and Plants vs. Zombies, is about to be acquired, according to a new report. The price is a cool $1 billion, according to multiple sources. That's right, $1 billion.  With a $1 billion price, which could be as high as a 10x multiple (with PopCap's revenue estimated at about $100 - $150 million), the most obvious choice, Zynga, was out of the running. The price was simply too rich for its blood.  So who was the big winner?  Other names bandied around included Google, Disney, and Activision.  Activision is the large gaming company without a stable of casual games, and with a  market... Read more...
If you're a fan of Razer's peripherals and EA's catalog of games (and in particular Battlefield 3, Dragon Age II, and Mass Effect 3), this just might be the happiest day of your life, other than that one wild night at college when...never mind about that. So what makes today the second best day of your life? Razer and EA are joining forces to deliver co-branded, licensed gaming peripherals themed after the aforementioned titles. "We expect nothing but the best gaming equipment to complement our major entertainment franchises," said Patrick J. O’Brien, Vice President of EA Entertainment, Electronic Arts. "Razer’s excellent track record in producing phenomenal gaming peripherals makes... Read more...
Tetris. Just the mere mention of the world gets most gamers in a tizzy, even if it's the only puzzle game that they're ever been attracted to, or even played. With over 100 million copies sold in one form or another, there's no question that Tetris has been a runaway hit, and now it's coming to even more gamers. Just when you thought a retro game may finally be reaching its end of days, Electronic Arts and Blue Planet Software have joined to release Tetris for the PlayStation Network. This means that millions of PS3 owners will now have the opportunity to download and play the game with crisp 1080p high-definition graphics, 5.1 surround sound and online multiplayer with other Tetris lovers around... Read more...
EA Announces New Ship Date for The Sims 3 REDWOOD CITY, Calif., February 3, 2009 - Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: ERTS) today announced that The Sims 3, the highly-anticipated flagship game from the best-selling PC franchise, The Sims will launch across the PC, Mac, iPhone, iPod Touch and mobile devices summer 2009. The Sims 3 PC will ship to store shelves worldwide starting June 2, 2009."The Sims 3 is an incredible game that lets you play with life, create art and show off your creations," said Ben Bell, Executive Producer, The Sims 3. "In the game, players are inspired by endless creative possibilities like the new Traits and Lifetime Wish features which allow players to create Sims with real... Read more...
The Wii Fit is all the rage these days. Selling like hotcakes, it was only a matter of time before another company tried their hand at virtual fitness. The first up to the plate is video game giant Electronic Arts. EA has unveiled its take on fitness. Unlike the "eastern" oriented Wii Fit, which focuses on balance and stretching, this "western" styled fitness game takes a more cardiovascular approach to fitness.  EA Sports President Peter Moore has geared the game towards women, especially mothers, and aims to give people a more strenuous workout by distracting them with the fun of video games, yet still get them to sweat. "It can't feel like a workout," he said, "the team has to figure... Read more...
Video game behemoth Electronic Arts just got a little bigger. They've acquired two software studios, BioWare and Pandemic, for  an industry record breaking $860 million.  Although Electronic Arts is the number one video game publisher in the world, their offerings in the first person shooter/ role playing/action genre are a little  thin. These acquisitions should fix that.Prior to this deal, EA's largest acquisition was its $680 million purchase of mobile game publisher Jamdat Mobile Inc. in 2006. BioWare and Pandemic have a total of 10 games under development. Together, they employ about 800 people in Los Angeles and Austin, Texas, as well as in Canada and Australia. Microsoft... Read more...
Apple Computer Inc.'s iPod has conquered the portable music market, is making inroads in video, and may turn out to be a video game player as well, game maker Electronic Arts Inc. is betting. Many potential gamers already carry iPods, easily the most popular portable music players sold. Now they can listen to music while also playing EA iPod titles that include "Tetris," "Mahjong" or "Sudoku." EA, the world's largest video game maker, has built a stable of 11 iPod games since September and sells them for $4.99 each on Apple's iTunes online store. Why not? Read more here...... Read more...
TechWeb is reporting that software publisher Electronics Arts has purchased Digital Illusions CE (DICE). DICE is well known for their role in the development of the widely popular Battlefield series of games.  This was a strictly cash offer by EA with the acquisition taking place immediately. Shareholders will be paid a cash value of $9.20/share on Oct 16 when the transaction completes.   DICE, based in Stockholm, Sweden, will be integrated into the EA studio, where it will work on Battlefield and develop new products for the PC, consoles and other platforms. DICE Chief Executive Patrick Soderlund would become an EA general manager and would remain in Stockholm, along with... Read more...
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