Electronic Arts

  • EA Acquires Australian Mobile And Online Games Developer Firemint

    EA Acquires Australian Mobile And Online Games Developer Firemint

    Electronic Arts (EA) has acquired Firemint, a privately held mobile development studio based in Melbourne, Australia. Firemint is the 60-people strong company behind games like Flight Control (see video below) and Real Racing. EA says the deal is not material to the company, overall. Terms of the acquisition, which is expected to close within four weeks, were not disclosed. Read More

  • Zynga's Reported $7-$10 Billion Valuation Surpasses That Of EA

    Zynga's Reported $7-$10 Billion Valuation Surpasses That Of EA

    My friends over at the WSJ have been knocking it out of the park lately, reporting last night that social gaming phenomenon Zynga is raising a new $250 million round of funding that values the company at between $7 – $9 billion according to, eh hem, sources. Then today Bloomberg piggybacked on the news, naming names in terms of players in the talks, including Fidelity investments and… Read More

  • Former EA, Yahoo Marketing Vet Mitali Pattnaik Appointed GM Of PlayFirst

    Former EA, Yahoo Marketing Vet Mitali Pattnaik Appointed GM Of PlayFirst

    We haven’t heard much from PlayFirst since we covered the San Francisco-based casual gaming startup’s last funding round back in December 2007, but that doesn’t mean things aren’t moving for the venture-backed company. Earlier this year, the startup inked a major deal with Big Fish Games and today it has announced that social game industry executive Mitali Pattnaik… Read More

  • Not Playing Around. EA Buys Playfish For $300 Million, Plus a $100 Million Earnout.

    After lengthy negotiations, Electronic Arts closed it’s anticipated acquisition of social gaming startup Playfish for $275 million in cash. An additional $25 million in stock will be set aside for retaining the top talent at the startup, and another $100 million in earnouts are part of the deal as well if the business hits certain milestones. So the total value of the deal could amount… Read More

  • The Sims 3 leaked all over the Internet

    The Sims 3 leaked all over the Internet

    Looks like The Sims 3 has leaked, several days before its official release date. Big surprise, right? Like these things don’t happen all the time. It can be found where you usually find these things. Read More

  • Tech Layoffs Surge to 300,000

    Tech Layoffs Surge to 300,000

    Layoffs in the tech sector are accelerating. It took exactly three weeks for tech layoffs to surge to 300,000, according to our Layoff Tracker. Since late January, when the tracker hit 200,000 layoffs, another 100,000 job eliminations have been announced or completed. In contrast, it took five weeks for layoffs in the tech industry to hit the 200,000 mark, and four months for layoffs to… Read More

  • Skate 2 sneakers for real skaters

    Skate 2 sneakers for real skaters

    If you’re a real sk8er you are going to buy these sneakers from Etnies and EA. This might make sense. Buy the game, play the game, go out and do it for real. Eventually you’ll realize you suck and go back to the game. Read More

  • Electronic Arts sued for copyright infringement of UNLV fight song

    Electronic Arts sued for copyright infringement of UNLV fight song

    Bad news for Electronic Arts today, with word that the composer of the University of Nevada at Las Vegas (UNLV) fight song is suing the publisher for copyright infringement. The suit, which alleges that EA used the song “Win With the Rebels,” asks for $150,000 per violation. That totals to $1,500,000 since the suit claims the song can be heard on 10 EA games. The games are NCAA… Read More

  • EA facing class action lawsuit over Spore DRM

    EA facing class action lawsuit over Spore DRM

    And now Electronic Arts has a class action lawsuit on its hands. Hell hath no fury like Spore fans scorned. The publisher is accused of violating two laws relating to the game’s DRM. The suit claims that EA installs SecuROM without notifying consumers. Then the suit lists SecuROM’s crimes, including the fact that it’s damn near impossible to uninstall. It also claims that… Read More

  • EA to address Spore’s DRM concerns

    EA to address Spore’s DRM concerns

    In light of thousands upon thousands of irate DRM-hating gamers, Electronic Arts has announced that it’ll be issuing a patch to the game that’ll allow people to de-authorize certain computers. Currently, the game is only able to be activated on up to three machines. If you replace one of those machines, you’ll have to call up EA, proof of purchase at hand, and plead your case… Read More