EA Tries to Get DICEier

EA Issues Tender Offer for Outstanding Shares in Swedish Developer, Digital Illusions (thanks Frans) reports that the board of directors at Digital Illusions is recommending their shareholders accept a tender offer to acquire the outstanding shares of the Swedish developer. EA already owns 19% of the creator of the Battlefield series.
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How many people here own Sims games or the latest EA Sports crap? I hate EA and that's why I don't support them further by buying their unfinished crap and regurgitated licences.

I own The Sims 2, but I don't see how that invalidates my opinion that it would be bad to sell out to EA. Better companies than DI have been strip mined, gutted, and had all the majority of their employees cast in to the wind. EA's done it several times, and everyone knows that EA could easily just buy them, have them make a few games, decide the profit margain isn't enough, and just close their shop. EA still would get the Battlefield rights and other rights DI currently holds out of the situation, and the shareholders of DI would get EA stock out of it. However, the ones counting on their jobs there would be in trouble.

Talking about Maxis though, if EA decided they could just do sim games without the Maxis staff, which they could easily do, where would that leave the Maxis developers? Wil Wright and crew might be on the top of the world now, but without their SimCity and The Sims franchises to insure they have a future, they'd be in trouble. If they decided to do anything similar to those games, EA would most likely sue the pants off them as well.

All I'm saying is that if I were a developer, I'd certainly be against selling out to EA.


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