EA to Acquire BioWare/Pandemic

EA To Acquire BioWare Corp. and Pandemic Studios (thanks Nick) has word that EA has entered into an agreement to acquire BioWare/Pandemic in a deal that will involve up to $620 million in cash and $155 million in equity, as well as a loan of some pocket change totaling $35 million. Here's a bit:
REDWOOD CITY, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ:ERTS - News) today announced an agreement with Elevation Partners to acquire VG Holding Corp. -- the owner of both BioWare Corp. and Pandemic Studios. This acquisition gives EA a strong competitive position in key genres in interactive entertainment: action, adventure and role-playing games. The two studios have been recognized for creating some of the highest-quality games in the industry.

BioWare Corp. and Pandemic Studios have ten franchises under development, including six wholly owned games. BioWare Corp. is currently developing the highly anticipated Mass Effect, which will be published by Microsoft in November, and is in the early development stages of a massively multiplayer online game. Pandemic Studios is redefining open-world games with its upcoming Mercenaries 2: World in Flames(TM) and Saboteur(TM), in addition to several unannounced projects.

Pandemic Studios and BioWare Corp. employ roughly 800 people across four studios located in Edmonton, Canada; Los Angeles; Austin; and Brisbane, Australia.
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Oct 13, 2007, 00:25
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Oct 13, 2007, 00:25
 
Fuck EA.

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Re: EA
Oct 12, 2007, 08:29
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Re: EA Oct 12, 2007, 08:29
Oct 12, 2007, 08:29
 
Hang a noose on a tree with the word EA on it.
MWWWWWWWHAHAHAHHAHA

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EA
Oct 12, 2007, 01:44
Kxmode
 
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EA Oct 12, 2007, 01:44
Oct 12, 2007, 01:44
 Kxmode
 
Because they don't have a BioShock, Oblivion, or Halo IP. They need something. Mass Effect will be it.

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Oct 12, 2007, 01:00
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Oct 12, 2007, 01:00
 
Every time EA buys a company, an angel gets run over by a truck!

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Re: Well
Oct 11, 2007, 23:04
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Re: Well Oct 11, 2007, 23:04
Oct 11, 2007, 23:04
 
Jesus Fucking Christ - EA please die.

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Re: Well
Oct 11, 2007, 22:57
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Re: Well Oct 11, 2007, 22:57
Oct 11, 2007, 22:57
 
Inovation just died a little bit more today.

Welcome to the "brave old world" of NWN2: Pirates and Ninjas (which is the 18th expansion for NWN2) and Mass Effect 4: The Next Generation.

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Re: Well
Oct 11, 2007, 21:34
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Re: Well Oct 11, 2007, 21:34
Oct 11, 2007, 21:34
 
Jesus H. Christ!

" ...in a deal that will involve up to $620 million in cash and $155 million in equity, as well as a loan of some pocket change totaling $35 million."

Damn, they scored big.

Sad to see it happen... but everybody wants to be a filthy rich bastard.

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Re: Well
Oct 11, 2007, 21:01
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Re: Well Oct 11, 2007, 21:01
Oct 11, 2007, 21:01
 
I bought KoTOR, and was pleased with the PC version. I can't claim I was pleased with the fact it was console-exclusive for months, however. And the reason why it was console-exclusive (big bucks from MS) is the same reason this has happened. They're following the cash, and EA has a ton of it, and gave it to them. Good for the people who made money off of the sale...but tough luck for people who liked what they made.

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Re: Well
Oct 11, 2007, 20:53
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Re: Well Oct 11, 2007, 20:53
Oct 11, 2007, 20:53
 
but after doing the console exclusive/delay for years crap that was KoTOR, Jade Empire, and now Mass Effect...this serves them right.

Dude, just shut up. Yes, if you didn't own an Xbox or a 360, it means you have to wait awhile for the game to show up on PC. At least they were fucking awesome on both systems. Show me one other developer that did that.

And now that EA has fucking bought them, it will be the end of pretty much the last good RPG developer.

So no, this doesn't "serve them right."

So aim for the bigger demographic, and screw people who think.

You mean all those people who bought their PC versions? Or just got themselves an Xbox/360 so they could play Bioware's games? Those people? How did they get screwed?

Creston

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Dammit Stricknine
Oct 11, 2007, 20:49
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Dammit Stricknine Oct 11, 2007, 20:49
Oct 11, 2007, 20:49
 
Fix that fucking post. The word NO is understand very well if you only use 30 o's instead of 5000.

Creston


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Well
Oct 11, 2007, 20:45
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Well Oct 11, 2007, 20:45
Oct 11, 2007, 20:45
 
It might be unfair of me to say so, but after doing the console exclusive/delay for years crap that was KoTOR, Jade Empire, and now Mass Effect...this serves them right.

Still, sucks for us consumers. But we're just a source of money, not people that have to be pleased. And the lowest common denominator spends the same amount (or more, god, Halo 3 legendary...ugh) as a discerning customer. So aim for the bigger demographic, and screw people who think.



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Oct 11, 2007, 20:42
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#45

Fix your post dammit


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Re: Well, this totally blows
Oct 11, 2007, 20:41
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Re: Well, this totally blows Oct 11, 2007, 20:41
Oct 11, 2007, 20:41
 
EA will be releasing NWN '09, as well as the first FOUR patches last week for the low price of $69.99 for the PC and $99.99 for XBOMB 360!! Get your interception on today!!

You forgot to mention how the online support for NWN '09 will be canned once NWN '10 is released.

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Re: Well, this totally blows
Oct 11, 2007, 20:32
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Re: Well, this totally blows Oct 11, 2007, 20:32
Oct 11, 2007, 20:32
 
Bioware did not develop NWN 2 or KotOR 2

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Re: Well, this totally blows
Oct 11, 2007, 20:29
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Re: Well, this totally blows Oct 11, 2007, 20:29
Oct 11, 2007, 20:29
 
LOL fanstatic. What are EA known for ? releasing unfinished games that need a million patches. And the patches cause even more bugs.
Bioware? well if nwn2 is anything to go by its a hive of bugs.
So EA + Bioware's new game will just be a series of patches (there won;t actually be a game), you just download a patch to fix a patch to fix the last patch which prepares you for a new patch to patch the first patch of patch.

........... patch

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...O M G!
Oct 11, 2007, 20:06
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...O M G! Oct 11, 2007, 20:06
Oct 11, 2007, 20:06
 
I think I'm gonna cry....

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Nooooooo
Oct 11, 2007, 20:03
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Nooooooo Oct 11, 2007, 20:03
Oct 11, 2007, 20:03
 
GOD FUCKING DAMMIT. FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK

FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUCCCCCCKKKKKKKKK

Well, there goes the last good studio that was left.

Creston


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Oct 11, 2007, 20:03
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No subject Oct 11, 2007, 20:03
Oct 11, 2007, 20:03
 
just dropping by to say fuck you EA. that is all.

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ibm
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Oct 11, 2007, 20:00
ibm
 
Khaaaaaaan !!!

lolz, this thread was won early.

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