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EA to lose $17m in profit from GAME’s Demise?
At a Wedbush investor conference last week, John Riccitiello, CEO of Electronic Arts, said: “One of the challenges that we have this quarter is we did flag a risk on one of the major European retailers having...
- Posted 439 days ago
What Happens When Activision’s ‘Oil Well’ Dries Up?
The digital business has not been a major part of Activision's strategy. It has been content to allow Electronic Arts to snap up businesses such as Playfish, Chillingo and PopCap. It has increased its reliance on its...
- Posted 632 days ago
Has EA’s acquisition strategy shifted from content to distribution?
The acquisition of Chillingo by EA last week set tongues wagging, particularly when Angry Bird’s developer Rovio went on an aggressive PR campaign to emphasise that the rights to Angry Birds were not part of the deal....
- Posted 943 days ago
Was Chillingo really worth only 1/20th of ngMoco
Yesterday, I wrote a post entitled Ten games companies that are blessed. Three hours later, the rumour broke that Electronic Arts had acquired Chillingo, the British iPhone publisher that I had put on the list. The price...
- Posted 947 days ago
Playfish’s Kristian Segerstrale changes his tune about brands
Playfish CEO Kristian Segerstrale said brands had no place in social games. Until his acquisition by EA, that is.
- Posted 1012 days ago
My small part in Electronic Arts’s Ubisoft adventure
Electronic Arts has decided to sell its 14.9% stake in Ubisoft. The move makes sense. At the time of EA’s purchase, Yves Guillemot said “we consider this operation as hostile”. Matching actions to his words, Ubisoft started...
- Posted 1041 days ago
Ten Turkeys from the Noughties – part 1
At the end of last year, we saw a lot of lists of best games of the decade. But we didn’t read about the turkeys. The games that really flopped. The games industry’s equivalent of Waterworld. Or...
- Posted 1229 days ago