EA Buys PopCap For $750 Million

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  1. luke_c
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    EA have announced that it is to buy PopCap, most known for Plants vs. Zombies and Peggle for a total sum of $750 million.
    The acquisition will cost $650 million in cash and a further $100 million in stock, here's what John Riccitiello, the EA CEO had to say:

    “EA and PopCap are a compelling combination, PopCap has shown accelerated growth in both the social and causal markets.
    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 digital devices, more countries, and more channels.”


    As a part of the mega deal, EA are bringing Plants vs. Zombies, Bejeweled and Zuma to “new platforms and markets.”[/p]
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  2. chris888222

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    I wonder how would they 'revamp' Plants VS Zombies...
     
  3. RupeeClock

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    I can see the new intro for EA Popcap games now.

    The EA logo shows up, and them the cap literally pops off to reveal the Popcap logo.

    You see what I mean? The EA logo does look like a ring that's been capped or plugged.
     
  4. Pablo3DS

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    Too bad, Plants vs Zombies ...
     
  5. Tonitonichopchop

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    Too bad? PvZ has been released on practically every major system, and EA can (And surely will) continue to release it. Nothing has changed.
     
  6. BigLord

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    "The social and causal markets"? What the hell is a causal market? [​IMG]
     
  7. Vulpes Abnocto

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    Your mom.

    No, I'm not being facetious.
    Our parents tend to make up the casual gaming market.
    For example, my mom just bought a Wii. Why? To play the Family Game Night series.
    She also plays Bejewelled, and I'm pretty sure she'd be all over Peggle and maybe even Plants vs Zombies.
    That's a casual gamer if I ever saw one.
     
  8. hunter291

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    Yes, that is casual, but he asks about causal [​IMG]
     
  9. kotaro_14

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    Causal fail! But they might make PvZ 3D or something on the 3DS. Or just incoporate 3D graphics on the PS3. Waiting for release on PS Vita. And for EA to make an outstanding port for Android, not just a lazy iOS port. PvZ is horrible on Android!
     
  10. Critical_Impact

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    I wish EA would stop buying every friking company in sight, every company they buy they either get them to rush their games out bringing down the overall quality or just completely ruin the studio and shut it down.
     
  11. _Chaz_

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    Awww man, PopCap's dead?
     
  12. sweenish

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    you're describing casual. not causal. note the SPELLING

    also, i'd popcap is best known for bejewled. i mean, come on.
     
  13. moose3

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    **applying corporate bullshit filter**

    We at EA see how well a smaller company like Pop-cap is doing, and we now want to take their successful IP's and milk the shit out of them. We also want them to take their casual game engines, and remake them with our IP's to find new ways to milk the shit out of our own IP's. In the end, we plan to leave Popcap beaten and broken in a ditch after we have stolen their souls and sucked the marrow from their bones. We might even take a few kidneys just for laughs.

    **end corporate bullshit filter**

    Plants vs Necromorphs anyone? FIFA Nights?
     
  14. Vulpes Abnocto

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    *looks closer*

    Whoops!
    Danm my lysdexia.
     
  15. mechagouki

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    Hmmm. I would suggest that 'causal' in the original quote is a typo. "Causal market" makes little sense. So your interpretation was actually right, whilst being superficially wrong.

    Though I would say that casual gaming refers more to multi-use devices, cellphones, tablets etc. Someone who buys a Wii just to play one game is not truly a casual gamer as they have invested in gaming specific hardware.
     
  16. Wizerzak

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    Remember the days when Peggle and PvZ were NOT sports games???
     
  17. Guild McCommunist

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    Of course when any dev gets sold to a major publisher they think that they'll somehow roll over and die now.

    PopCap has always been at the forefront of providing casual games that are not shit. I hope they'll continue more, now with just a broader reach as EA is a rather large company.
     
  18. sputnix

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    At first I freaked and thought that this would be horrible but with a big developer they can have other ip's port their software to other os's instead of creating a game and spending tons of time porting it than creating a new game.
    of course the last time EA had the responsibility of porting a big time game they fu*ked it up *cough*orange box ps3*cough*
    OH and who remebers pandemic studios yeah EA sure helped them

    anywho the pandemic thing was the last kinda evil thing EA did then everyone started hating on activision so who knows maybe EA has cleaned up their act
     
  19. ShadowSoldier

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    Score, I love EA and their games. Though I hope that Popcap does something different, instead of just re-releasing the same games for every platform. We already played them Popcap..
     
  20. iFish

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    I look forward to this. Seeing as now PopCap can have more resources to make even more great games.

    And if you ask me, EA Got PopCap really cheap...

    Inb4 Plantz va ZombEAz: NFL Lockout Edition (Not my joke, got it from PopCap's site)