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Electronic Arts is acquiring casual gaming giant PopCap, maker of Plants vs. Zombies and Bejeweled, among others. EA is paying out $650 million in cash, $100 million in stock and up to $550 million in earn-outs for hitting financial milestones in the next few years.

“EA and PopCap are a compelling combination,” said EA CEO John Riccitiello. “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.”

“We picked EA because they have recast their culture around making great digital games,” said David Roberts, CEO of PopCap. “By working with EA, we'll scale our games and services to deliver more social, mobile, casual fun to an even bigger, global audience.”

The press release notes that PopCap games have been downloaded more than 1.5 billion times and Bejeweled, the flagship franchise, has sold more than 50 million units.

Hat tip to Business Insider.

Top Rated Comments

TMar Avatar
165 months ago
EA is evil..
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Cougarcat Avatar
165 months ago
So long and thanks for all the games, Popcap.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Asclepio Avatar
165 months ago
goodbye cool games...
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
bwillwall Avatar
165 months ago
Both EA and Microsoft games do not make art... They are just cheap lazy game factories. Valve is where its at, along with some others.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
OliverOSX93 Avatar
165 months ago
Say hello to PvZ 2. It will be 3 times as easy as number 1 and with only half as much effort from the development team. All but the first 5 plants will require in app purchase ( at a pound a plant ) and the app its self will set you back £10
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
ScottishCaptain Avatar
150 months ago
Did Activision kill Blizzard? No.

Never played Diablo 3, huh?

-SC
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