"It has been reported by the New York Post that Electronic Arts is exploring a sale as the company struggles to grow its business amid competition from free online gaming sites, citing sources."
Providence Equity Partners should buy them.
"The company is looking to transform its business model to better compete against rivals such as Zynga." This kinda stuff scares me. I don't want browser based shovelware, I want my Mass Effect, Battlefield and Dead Space. I don't care if EA publishes that crap for those people, just don't sell out to an investment group which only cares about the bottom line. They will hack the company into pieces and cut corners everywhere they can.
You obviously don,t know anything about Providence Equity Partners.They are one of the better private equity firms,for several reasons.They don't really mess with the companies they own.Example they own a partial stake in Bethesda parent company ZeniMax.And invested in ZeniMax 450 million total.And they haven,t really mest with them. Other examples you can find througth their wikipedia!
I know that this is coming and I know that there will be a few giants and all others want be able to compete, but when a giant is saying this, I get scared. Now, if they were looking to add a division that rakes in some money to fund the rest, I am down, but selling the whole company. How important is it to get our fiscal house in order now? Another sign that even retail games r gonna b going free to play. Instead of demos or trials everything will b free, except u will pay $100 + if u want to enjoy the entire thing. It's gonna happen.
I could see Disney wanting to buy them because they own ESPN and then they would have the rights to EAs sports IPs.
They dont own the rights...they just have the license for a couple of years and every so often they have to renew it. So in the end its not worth buying them for that reason.
Yay, even more money men will get involved, leading to even more dilution (as if EA weren't kings of that already). If only DICE and Bioware would go elsewhere...
I say we start a kickstarter to buy EA and then burn every single business tactic they've ever used and just start everything from scratch. WHO'S WITH ME!?!?!?!? WE WILL RESTORE THE GREAT BIOWARE OF THE PAST!!!
You sir are a wise man. Better yet we could buy EA, and create our own games. Let's spilt the devs. 50 / 50.
Yeah becuase I am sure a million owners of one company would all agree to one thing when it comes to gaming. He lets add Neymar to the cover of the new Fifa. Owner 1 - hell no. Owner 2 - I say add him. Owner 3 - [email protected] Owner 4 - Lets add Pele Owner 5 - Chad Ocho Cinco will be better. ..... ..... ..... .... .....
When did I say we share the company with all the contributors? I said we buy EA using a kickstarter, I meant we get the funding out of the people then we pay back the supporters with good customer service and good games without greedy business tactics. Wouldn't that just be the best thing in the world? :P
Dont forget about Criterion!
It's funny, EA for a brief time tried to redeem themselfs for their bad image and then this year they just hit rock bottom again by runing franchises (ME, Dead Space, Battlefield, MOH). Maybe this is why they resorted back to their old greedy ways or maybe this is why they are in this posistion. Who knows :|
there was a point not long ago where all my current favourite games were EA games. MoH was ruined years ago though. This is why CoD took off, because MoH was just getting worse and worse.
MS needs to save the Doctors & Respawn family from the nightmare that EA is becoming or will become.
Microsoft....look at what happened with Rare, instead of fixing them MS put the final nail in the coffin an foced them to work on crappy Kinect games. I think Bioware would need to stay away from MS. I mean I know EA dosen't really allow freedom but I don't think MS do aswell....going by what Peter says about working at a MS studio like Lionhead.
It was when Bioware left MS that their games started becoming more and more streamlined. However since then MS shifted their focus to casuals so yeah i wouldnt want MS greedy fingers on Bioware unless they allowed Bioware creativity freedom.
Rare was garbage & the people that made Rare were pretty much gone before MS bought them. they pretty much paid for the IPS, that kinect crap has kept the whole lot employed.
Your taking the word of a man that knows no boundaries when it comes to over hyping a product , even when everyone tell him its shit. That like agreeing to Patcher while knowing he's wrong
Rare was not the same Rare when MS bought them. Most of the talent had already moved on. but a PS3/nin fanboy will of couse argue different for different motivations.
Someone should buy EA, break it up and sell it. That's what Gordon Gecko would do.
What would McGyver do?
Change EA into a hang glider of course. http://www.youtube.com/watc...
Come on MS\SONY gobble em up
Now is the time to get out DICE
THIS. They should go back to being independent. Refocus on the PC and release the sequel to BF2142.
sony should buy dice and bioware.
I wish dice would merge with crytek and be bought by zenimax and then merge with bethesda.
Must be that exclusive ridiculous NFL license. Trying to shut others out with money instead of putting out a better product. Also giving the NFL an even bigger head in the meantime.
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