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EA acquires PopCap Games for $750 million

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Confirming rumors, Electronic Arts has announced plans to acquire casual games studio PopCap Games for $750 million. Expect to see PopCap’s most popular gems, like Bejeweled, Zuma, and Plants vs. Zombies on even more platforms and devices as EA continues invest in the growing casual and social games market.

“EA and PopCap are a compelling combination,” said EA CEO John Riccitiello in an official statement. According to Riccitielllo, PopCap’s strong pool of talent and popular IPs will help EA “drive towards a $1 billion digital business.”



However, the large game publisher’s decision to wait until now to pick up PopCap Games was a costly one. Speaking to PC Gamer, former PopCap CEO John Vechey revealed that PopCap had tried to sell the rights for Bejeweled to EA when the casual games studio was first starting out for a mere $60,000. “They said no, thank goodness!” said Vechey.

Jul 12, 2011

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14 comments

  • AlphaAGENT144 - July 13, 2011 2:48 a.m.

    Atleast it isnt activision
  • iamawesome27 - July 13, 2011 1:49 a.m.

    Maybe EA will finally get Peggle on the iPad.
  • SumthingStupid - July 13, 2011 1:01 a.m.

    does this mean they are going to take away my steam versions of Plants vs Zombies and Peggle now?? like they did with my crysis 2??
  • Crabhand - July 13, 2011 12:40 a.m.

    @Rubeerducky and PimplesInYourAsstista Does EA have plans to pull out of Steam? Mass Effect and Dead Space are still on the service, so until some of their biggest titles go down I wouldn't think to worry.
  • SirNinja - July 13, 2011 12:06 a.m.

    ...sigh... Well, at least it wasn't Activision. Still though, I'm buying the Popcap complete pack on Steam before it's all taken down and moved exclusively to Origin.
  • Rubberducky - July 13, 2011 12:02 a.m.

    Hopefully EA won't screw over people by removing games from steam. But glad to see that a company that's made some entertaining stuff is getting rewarded for their work
  • PimplesInYourAsstista - July 12, 2011 11:51 p.m.

    Better pick up PvZ on Steam while you still can, before EA pulls it to their own shitty service.
  • RedOutlive10 - July 12, 2011 11:37 p.m.

    @EwoksTasteLikeChicken You must have missed when Bullfrog bit the dust.
  • tabuju - July 12, 2011 11:07 p.m.

    EA shall aqquire all game companies! MUHAHHAHA!!
  • MouseKlok - July 12, 2011 10:55 p.m.

    I expect a Mass Effect version of Plants vs. Zombies in the future now...
  • Baron164 - July 12, 2011 10:53 p.m.

    It's better than Activision cause god knows they would have PopCap make the next Bond game and then close them. But I am concerned about the new BS between Steam and Origin which I will never use.
  • EnigmaSpirit - July 12, 2011 10:34 p.m.

    EA I have a slightly below average opinion on from neutral. Popcap only really had PvZ that interested me, so I don't care too much. At least is isn't activision.
  • EwoksTasteLikeChicken - July 12, 2011 10:17 p.m.

    I trust EA. If it had been Activision, I would have cried.
  • Wimjet - July 12, 2011 10:16 p.m.

    Oh great, now we won't have PopCap games on Steam the way things are going between EA and Valve.

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