Report: EA in "late stages" to acquire PopCap

On Wednesday, TechCrunch first reported via unnamed sources that casual game developer and publisher PopCap Games was getting close to being acquired for a whopping $1 billion by an unknown party. At the time, PopCap would not comment on the story. Now, TechCrunch has a follow up story that actually named Electronic Arts as the company interested in purchasing PopCap.

Once again using unnamed sources, TechCrunch claims that EA is in "late stage acquisition discussions" with PopCap. The article points out that if the story is true, it's a huge deal for EA as the amount of money involved is about 13 percent of the publicly traded company's current market cap. However, this would not be EA's first play into the casual game space. In 2009, EA purchased one of PopCap's rivals, Playfish, for $275 million. It also purchased the iPad and iPhone-based game publisher Chillingo for $20 million in 2010. Chillingo first published the massive hit game Angry Birds, but the EA deal did not include the rights to that game.

PopCap Games, based in Seattle and first formed in 2000, is the developer and publisher of a number of very popular casual and puzzle games, including Bejeweled, Zuma, Peggle and the cross-over hit Plants Vs Zombies. The privately held company has previously announced plans to file for a public stock offering. The IPO could have go live as early as November. Obviously, if a deal with EA goes through, those IPO plans would be canceled.

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FitzgeraldTraci said,
I paid $32.67 for a XBOX 360 and my mom got a 17 inch Toshiba laptop for $94.83 being delivered to our house tomorrow by FedEX. I will never again pay expensive retail prices at stores. I even sold a 46 inch HDTV to my boss for $650 and it only cost me $52.78 to get. Here is the website we using to get all this stuff, <snip>

Smells like spam, wth does that have to do with this article? Popcap games are cheap casual games that have nothing to do with expensive retail prices. These games are usually distributed digitally on services such as Steam, D2D, etc..

shakey said,
Well, time for EA to ruin the casual game department I guess....

Yeah. I hope this doesn't happen. I like PopCap. I was rea hoping for Peggle on WP7. EA is just going to ruin the company... What a shame.

I can see it now.........Next PvZ will be available exclusively through EA's Origins digital distribution software for the low low price of $69.99!

EA .. purchasing PopCap ... I would prefer Microsoft or Google
purchasing PopCap .... EA ... would surely mess up PopCap products
if they purchased them ...

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