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EA completes acquisition of PopCap

EA’s announced tonight that its completed the take over of PopCap Games. The news comes via way of a Form 8k the company has sent out. The buyout was announced last month, with EA buying PopCap for $750 million: $650 million in cash and $100 million in stock options. The pricetag could get as high as $1.3 billion, though. Find some analysis in the wake of the takeover from Nathan here.

ATi_Elite4668d ago

In the near future as soon as you pull up Origin.com you gonna have 20 pop-ups of Popcap games.

you'll be asked if you wanna play Zuma while waiting for your credit card to be approve after a sale!

and for $9.99 you can have an active game of Bejeweled running in the area where your map is supposed to be in BF3 or play Plants vs. Zombies while waiting to spawn after a death.

You can laugh now but trust me this is where this is going!!

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There are no "thoughtful" ads in video games, EA

There are no thoughtful ads in Video Games, EA. Leave them be.

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northpaws6d ago

I think the only type of games that can gets away with it would be sport games, having those sponsors ads on the side like on real life.

But don't put freaking Doritos ads in Star Wars or something, it breaks the immersion. If it is a pop-up ads, then big no.

Hofstaderman6d ago

EA can thoughtfully eff themselves.

Makersbreath26d ago

EA coming back for the crown of being perceived as the worst company in gaming.

Chocoburger6d ago (Edited 6d ago )

One of my favorite series is the THPS franchise, and it was packed with ads, but it didn't bother me. Posters for skateboard companies, JEEP, and Nokia phones. It did sort of fit in with the game world, but that was the past, these days ad would be intentionally intrusive or unskippable loading screen type of imagery. Ugh, I know EA would do it in a horrible fashion. Screw them.

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Report: Sexual Misconduct Investigation Conducted at EA, Suspects Named and What They Did Revealed

EA senior staff has been investigated for sexual misconduct involving female coworkers, and these said people have been named publicly.

isarai12d ago

Aye just call Phil, i mean he somehow made Bobby Kotick's scandal disappear and gave him a few million dollar high five on the way out.

Cacabunga12d ago

I wonder if it will be censored with some in game ads.

MrBaskerville9d ago (Edited 9d ago )

Microsoft did, Phil Spencer played a minor part. He instigated the buyout that led to Kotick escaping all his controversies while getting a golden handshake.

Someone on Twitter calculated that the people hired in Tango and Arkane Austin could get a decent salary for roughly 17 years for the money Kotick was paid.

InUrFoxHole9d ago

Yeah some thing tells me Kotics $ was already guaranteed before MS made the deal. As for the studios... Let's be honest here... none of those studios made system sellers.

XiNatsuDragnel12d ago (Edited 12d ago )

EA about to go down like Activision and then Phil saves the day saying.this is good for the industry and consolidation will help create competition. /s.

MrBaskerville9d ago

Then they shutdown Codemasters and studio behind Jedi Survivor.

Atleast they could hardly do much damage that EA hadn't allready done. EA has shut down most of their studios by now.

ravens5212d ago

What's up with all these horny creeps. You gon be horny, fine. Just not at work take care of that shit before you go in. Rub one out if you have to. Don't be a creep at all. ESPECIALLY at work. But don't be one AT ALL.

Extermin8or3_12d ago

I mean part of the issue is that things transpired outside of work....

MrBaskerville9d ago

That's the thing he mentioned about not being a creep at all.

KwietStorm_BLM11d ago

You think deviants care where they are? Work sometimes makes it an even better situation for them because they can abuse their power.

mudakoshaka11d ago

Nerds think they are Gods when they are making video games.

NotoriousWhiz12d ago (Edited 12d ago )

"it seems that according to EA, given the events transpired outside of work between two adults, and the fact that once investigation has started that the alleged perpetrators didn’t do it again, the investigation is considered closed. [...] The victim still has to work with the people that harassed her."

Yep, EA is disgusting.

Extermin8or3_11d ago

I mean the fact stuff happened outside of work puts EA in quite a difficult position legally. These women don't seem to have reported the matter to the police which kinda ties EA's hands on what they can do. If they don't file reports of the crimes then yeah from EA's perspective it is stuff that happened outside of work. The only exception is the guy that apparently referenced things in the slack channel for work, spending on what he said proving it may be very hard and he may well be able to get away with plausible deniability. I don't like EA and I think these people need to be dismissed but without any legal action being taken, EA can't really do much without risk of being sued themselves for unfair dismissal etc.