Rumor: EA to acquire PopCap Games

Rumors arose yesterday that social gaming giant PopCap Games was entertaining an acquisition proposal valued over $1 billion from an unnamed buyer. Today, TechCrunch is reporting that buyer to be none other than Electronic Arts.

TechCrunch claims two sources have confirmed EA to be in 'late stage acquisition discussions' to pick up PopCap Games, a mobile and social gaming developer best known for colossal successes like Bejeweled, Peggle and Plants vs Zombies. If true, this would represent a bold financial move on EA's part to bump up EA's street cred (and cash) in the booming casual gaming market.

According to TMCnet, this isn't the first time EA and PopCap Games have crossed paths. All three PopCap Games founders - John Vechey, Brian Fiete and Jason Kapalka – worked for the EA-owned gaming outlet before starting PopCap Games. After firing up the new studio, the three attempted to sell its then unknown Bejeweled game to EA for $60,000, but were rejected. Perhaps the fact that Bejeweled has become one of the most successful casual games of our generation is a small reason why EA is reported to now be doing a double take?

Jun 23, 2011

Source: TechCrunch

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  • Balaska - July 4, 2011 5:59 a.m.

    I think EA have learnt their lesson, look at Bioware and DICE, they get to keep their independance despite being owned by EA. If a mega publisher must own Popcap may as well be EA. As Carlovic says, better than Activision.
  • RedOutlive10 - June 24, 2011 10:10 p.m.

    @Carlovic I think you forgot what happened to Bullfrog, Westwood, Origin and so on.
  • Spybreak8 - June 25, 2011 7:22 a.m.

    This is how I feel about this:
  • UnrealSlayer92 - June 23, 2011 10:50 p.m.

    This is very bad news.
  • Carlovic - June 23, 2011 6:34 p.m.

    Well, better them than Activision
  • FoxdenRacing - June 23, 2011 6:11 p.m.

    Correction: Gears was published by MSGS, not EA.
  • FoxdenRacing - June 23, 2011 6:07 p.m.

    Tomorrow, Techcrunch will report Popcap's announcement of the future of the following 'key franchises' [all others to be dropped]: Plants vs Zombies: to become a yearly sequel chain, culminating with the first 'post-EA integration' game in the series, Plants vs Zombies 2013 - Preorder at Gamestop to get the essential 'Sunflower'! Zuma Extreme: The world's first first-person puzzle game, built on the Unreal engine. Starring an as-of-yet unnannounced character that looks eerily familiar to Grayson Hunt, Marcus Fenix, and every other star of an EA UDK game ever made. Will be rendered in 4 stunning shades of brown. And announcing the all-new hot property: Irate Fish: a shameless knock-off of Angry Birds. One crab on every level cannot be killed unless the system detects an 'EA Ride Ticket'. Note: EA Ride Tickets cost $5 each and can only be used for a single execution of the game. Quitting and restarting the game requires a new pass. Say it ain't so, Popcap. Whatever the Borg promise you, it's not worth your souls!

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