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  • Blog Post: EA Backing Away From Social And Facebook Gaming

    EA confirmed what has been suspected given recent cuts to staffing and game offerings. On the company's second quarter earnings call, a shift away from social and Facebook was stated outright. "We're still active on Facebook and participate there," said president of EA labels Frank... More
  • Blog Post: Report: EA Lays Off More Mobile Staff With Cuts At Playfish and EA Hyderabad (India)

    The past seven days have already seen a major shakeup in EA's mobile and social operations. Now, news of more layoffs has surfaced. According to reports posted by Develop , EA has laid off a significant number of staff at Playfish. Just yesterday, the publisher announced the imminent closure of three... More
  • Blog Post: [Updated] PlayWatch: EA Announces SimCity Social And Two Other Playfish Titles Ending

    [Update #2] EA has told Game Informer that they will not be commenting on specific teams today. This echoes the statement we received about EA Montreal last week. [Update #1] EA doesn't seem to have any comment on Playfish. According to a statement received by Joystiq , the publisher has nothing... More
  • Blog Post: Game Developers Choice Online Awards Finalists Announced

    It's award season already? Like the daytime Emmy awards, the Game Developers Choice Online Awards take place whenever they please. Since the blockbuster console games dominate the Game Developers Choice Awards, which is celebrated annually during the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, the... More
  • Blog Post: EA And Facebook Enter 5-Year Partnership

    EA continues to fortify its position in the casual market by entering into a new five-year “strategic relationship” with Facebook. Facebook credits will become the official form of payment for all EA games on the social network per the agreement. EA already has successful titles such as Pet... More
  • Blog Post: Former Exec Says EA Is Following Misguided Strategy

    If you've been keeping up with the news over the past couple months, you know that Electronic Arts has been eager to work its way into the digital space with CEO John Riccitiello saying that digital distribution will most likely dominate the industry this year. Even amid layoffs, EA acquired social... More
  • Blog Post: EA: Comeback “Taking Longer” Than Two Years

    A few years back EA began a push for new intellectual properties that lead to the publishing of titles such as Brütal Legend, Dead Space, and Mirror’s Edge. This push for new franchises was just one aspect of the company’s three-pronged plan, the others being “driving growth on... More
  • Blog Post: GDC Keynotes To Be Delivered By Facebook Platform Manager, iPhone Developer

    Gareth Davis, platform manager for Facebook, will be delivering the keynote speech at the Social & Online Games Summit at Game Developers Conference 2010. Davis' topics will include "who plays games, how games are discovered, distributed, designed and operated, and how games monetize and... More
  • Blog Post: Electronic Arts CEO: Digital Market Will Take Over Next Year

    Electronic Arts CEO John Riccitiello says digital distribution will take over the traditional console and retail business next year. After EA’s recent acquisition of social networking games developer Playfish for $300 million as part of the company’s growth strategy, it’s pretty clear... More
  • Blog Post: EA Announces Substantial Layoffs

    What EA gives with one hand, it takes with the other. Hot off the company’s confirmation of its $275 million acquisition of Playfish (makers of the free to play Facebook games, Pet Society and Word Challenge), EA has announced considerable cuts to other studios in its quarterly earnings report... More
  • Blog Post: EA Acquires Social Networking Developer Playfish

    Today EA announced that it has acquired Playfish, a creator of social networking games, for $275 million (plus $25 million in equity). Playfish will work within EA Interactive, a division focused on web and wireless. "The industry is undergoing dramatic transformation and joining EA is the ideal... More
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