EA would actuire Crytek because they do not have a very strong foot hold in the FPS market, not because they want to crush the competition. EA's share of the FPS/Action genre is very minimal, even with the BF and MOH franchises and they see that area as room for growth.
Sorry that is just totally WRONG.
EA has a great Presence in the FPS market. You dont go to gamespy very often and check out the server stats do you?? They are consistantly #2 behind the counterstrike games with BF2, and have strong showing throughout the rest of the list with other franchises. Thats not even all the servers, just the ones that gamespy tracks. EA is the second/third biggest presence in the FPS genera.