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  • Kixeye Hires Ex-Zynga Exec And Lionside Co-founder Brandon Barber

    Kixeye Hires Ex-Zynga Exec And Lionside Co-founder Brandon Barber

    Back in August, social game developer Kixeye raised $18 million in series C financing, and added Zynga Andrew Trader to its Board of Directors. And today the self-proclaimed “largest maker of online strategy combat games” has announced the addition of another ex-Zynga exec into the fold. Brandon Barber will be joining Kixeye as the SVP of Marketing, where he will report directly… Read More

  • EA Wants To Take On Zynga, But Does This Just Mean ‘More Madden’?

    EA Wants To Take On Zynga, But Does This Just Mean ‘More Madden’?

    After churning out a parade of sequels to all of their flagship games, has EA finally learned its lesson? Last month, EA CEO John Riccitiello said that his company is taking dead aim at Zynga, implying that perhaps the company understands what’s at stake, and is determined to be just as much of a player in digital games as it has been on consoles. EA’s acquisition of PopCap Games… Read More

  • EA CEO Riccitiello: We’re Taking Dead Aim At Zynga

    EA CEO Riccitiello: We’re Taking Dead Aim At Zynga

    The last ten years have been kind to game publishers. The mainstreamification of console gaming has led to enormous sales numbers, budgets rivaling Hollywood’s, and an arms race between the majors to create the next big game. But while EA and its ilk were buying up development houses, expanding like crazy, and having franchise-measuring contests with each other, an unperceived menace… Read More

  • EA Buys PopCap Games For As Much As $1.3B

    EA Buys PopCap Games For As Much As $1.3B

    As we initially reported a few weeks ago, EA has acquired PopCap Games. The acquisition price is $650 million plus $100 million stock and a multi-year earn-out. The total acquisition price is as much as $1.3 billion. PopCap Games is the company behind such hits as Plants vs Zombies, Zuma and Bejeweled. PopCap games have been installed 150 million times worldwide. Last year, approximately 80%… Read More

  • Sources: PopCap In Late Stage Acquisition Discussions With EA For $1 Billion+

    Following up on our story earlier this evening that PopCap Games is in late stage acquisition discussions for a sum of over $1 billion —¬†we’ve now heard from two sources that the buyer is Electronic Arts. The high price of the deal ($1+ billion) means that this would be a huge bet for EA — we’re talking over 13% of the company’s market cap. But we’re… Read More

  • Bootstrapped and profitable Nordeus taking on EA in the social gaming space

    Nordeus made quite a stir when their social football game, Top Eleven, beating gaming giant EA’s FIFA Superstars for the most monthly players, attracting over 2.8 million users. The interesting thing about this Belgrade, Serbia-based startup, however, isn’t the number of users: they’ve had more than 700,000 active users for quite some time now, 200,000 more than FIFA for… Read More

  • EA Begins To Pull Steam Availability, Push Origin Exclusives

    If you were hoping to pick up a copy of Crysis 2 on Steam, you’re out of luck. The game is no longer available on Valve’s download service, though it was not (strictly speaking) pulled by EA. While EA has explained in a statement that the title is simply incompatible with “a set of business terms” “imposed” by Steam, the language and context suggest that it… Read More

  • Say Hello To EA's New Online Direct-To-Consumer Gaming Platform 'Origin'

    Electronic Arts is today debuting Origin, a direct-to-consumer gaming platform, as first reported by the Wall Street Journal. According to the placeholder website, expect Origin to go live around 9 AM Pacific time. The platform will enable gamers to discover, buy and download more than 150 games from EA at its debut, with exclusive limited edition copies of EA games like Battlefield 3 and FIFA… Read More

  • Say Hello To EA's New Online Direct-To-Consumer Gaming Platform 'Origin'

    Electronic Arts is today debuting Origin, a direct-to-consumer gaming platform, as first reported by the Wall Street Journal. According to the placeholder website, expect Origin to go live around 9 AM Pacific time. The platform will enable gamers to discover, buy and download more than 150 games from EA at its debut, with exclusive limited edition copies of EA games like Battlefield 3 and FIFA… Read More