EA Pockets DICE

This DICE press release announces that EA's and DICE's relationship will be culminated in a full merger between the two companies. EA was previously a majority shareholder in the Swedish developer (story), and now EA is to acquire the remaining stake in DICE. Since that press release has a weird bit about how it isn't to be disseminated in the U.S. (huh?), here's a bit from a news story on the announcement:
REDWOOD CITY, Calif., Mar 17, 2006 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Electronic Arts Inc. and Digital Illusions today announced plans for EA to complete its acquisition of Digital Illusions CE (DICE). The companies have unanimously agreed to a merger proposal through which EA will acquire the remaining outstanding shares of DICE, effectively making DICE a fully integrated studio within EA.

In connection with the merger, DICE shareholders will receive SEK 67.50 per share in cash, representing a premium of 30% to DICE's closing price on March 16, 2006. EA currently owns approximately 68 percent of the shares of DICE. EA also holds warrants, which entitle EA to purchase an additional 2.3 million shares. On a fully diluted basis, EA owns approximately 74 percent of the outstanding capital and votes in DICE.

The merger is subject to approval by a 2/3 majority vote of shares at the Annual General Shareholders Meeting of DICE, which is scheduled for May 24, 2006. The merger is subject to customary closing conditions and is anticipated to close in September 2006.
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Here comes Battlefield 2007, 2008, 2009, etc....

We have that anyway with BF1942, BFSW, BFV, BF2, BF2 SF

This makes no difference to anything...
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P: I think so, Brain, but where are we going to find a duck and a hose at this hour?
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