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Category: Electronic Arts

EA Unleashes Spore Creature Creator

Posted by: Matt Vella on June 18

Electronic Arts has released the so-called Spore Creature Creator, which allows players to generate infinitely varied 3D critters and interact with them. It’s a tantalizing, obscenely fun preview of the…

Another Day, Another EA-Take-Two Deadline

Posted by: Matt Vella on June 17

Electronics Arts’ $2 billion take-over bid for Take-Two Interactive has gotten so absurdly dramatic I wonder whether it’s all finally going to end up in an estate lily pond, Dynasty-style….

Analyzing EA’s Titanic Loss

Posted by: Matt Vella on May 13

Leigh Alexander, who is now tasked with writing Kotaku’s more in-depth think pieces, has a nicely detailed analysis of Electronic Arts’ financial performance in fiscal 2008. She writes: Despite having…

EA-Take-Two, The Deadline’s Tomorrow

Posted by: Matt Vella on April 17

Electronic Arts (ERTS) set a deadline of April 18 for Take-Two Interactive (TTWO) shareholders to take the company up on its $2 billion offer, or roughly $26 per share. The…

Shinning A Light On Dead Space

Posted by: Matt Vella on March 20

In this week’s issue of BusinessWeek, my colleague and intrepid tech writer Cliff Edwards and I go behind Electronic Arts’ (ERTS) forthcoming operatic sci-fi space horror game, Dead Space….

Sims 3 Details Emerge

Posted by: Matt Vella on March 10

Is this Will Wright’s year or what? Details of the mad genius game designer’s upcoming Sims 3, the continuation the best selling PC game franchise of all time, are coming…

EA’s Spore To Become First iPhone Game

Posted by: Matt Vella on March 06

Rushing past in a blur earlier today, my colleague and Apple (AAPL) columnist Arik Hesseldahl yelled something at me about the iPhone and Apple and my world being rocked later…

Turns Out, Spielberg Is The Spielberg of Games

Posted by: Matt Vella on March 03

A few weeks ago, Electronic Arts (ERTS) sat me down with an early build of the company’s upcoming Boom Blox for the Nintendo (NTDOY) Wii. Produced by EA’s Casual Entertainment…

EA-Take-Two — Our Take

Posted by: Matt Vella on February 25

It’s all about the games. Electronic Arts’ (ERTS) $2.1 billion gambit to acquire Take-Two Interactive Software (TTWO) is a bid to further expand its portfolio of lucrative games by taking…

PlayTest: Spore

Posted by: Matt Vella on February 13

Yes, I got my grubby hands on the long-awaited Will Wright masterpiece this afternoon and it is, indeed, mind-blowingly good. We’ll be running a story plus slideshow tomorrow, though my…

Spore Specifics Finally Emerge

Posted by: Matt Vella on February 12

Like sweet, sentient life from primordial goo, firm details about Electronic Art’s (ERTS) to-be blockbuster Spore by Sims genius Will Wright emerged from Maxis HQ today. The uber-highly anticipated game…

19 Minutes 45 Seconds Worth Sitting Still For

Posted by: Matt Vella on February 11

Yes, everyone may be talking up the news and happenings coming out of the D.I.C.E. Summit in Las Vegas – I’ve found The Escapist’s coverage particularly good – but some…

Fox News Responds To EA Criticism

Posted by: Matt Vella on January 24

A Fox News spokesperson responded to Electronic Arts’ (ERTS) criticism of the channel’s Live Desk program, which it says misrepresented the Mass Effect game in a segment earlier this week….

EA Tangles With Fox Over Mass Effect

Posted by: Matt Vella on January 24

Electronic Arts (ERTS) is serious about asking Fox News to straighten the record over its coverage earlier this week of Mass Effect, the hit titled released by the games giant…

EA - Fox News Spat Heats Up

Posted by: Matt Vella on January 24

A tiff between Fox News and Electronic Arts (ERTS) may be turning into a scuttle. According to reports cropping up on the web, the games giant may now be asking…

A Big Play For Micro-Transactions At Home [Updated]

Posted by: Matt Vella on January 21

[Update: BusinessWeek’s Paris correspondent Jennifer Schenker has an insightful piece analyzing the news of EA’s micro-transactions play, including the potential consequences of the move in terms of software piracy. Check…

How Many Gaming Macs Did Apple Sell Last Quarter?

Posted by: Matt Vella on January 20

Apple (AAPL) is scheduled to release its first quarter results for fiscal year ‘08 on Jan 22. Citigroup analyst Richard Gardner is expecting a rally in Apple shares partly based…

EA Is Perfecting Game UI

Posted by: Matt Vella on January 19

Criterion’s much anticipated arcade driver Burnout Paradise is just around the corner. (Release date: Jan. 22.) Electronic Arts (ERTS) sent me a preview copy to check out over the long…

EA Represents at LIFT08

Posted by: Matt Vella on January 17

LIFT is a nifty little conference that takes place in Geneva, Switzerland early next month (Feb. 6-8). The gathering’s mission – to “promote discussion about new technologies and their impact…


No longer child's play, the booming global games market is worth billions of dollars. In Games, Inc., BusinessWeek Innovation writer Matt Vella and Tokyo correspondent Kenji Hall analyze emerging business trends in video games and interactive entertainment. They’ll examine everything from button-mashing, chart-topping, console games to serious games commissioned by big corporations to train staff. They’ll also map the evolution of expansive virtual worlds and go behind the strategies at companies that are turning play into big business.

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