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Talbott Roche has been appointed to Electronic Arts’ board of directors. She has also been appointed to EA’s Compensation Committee. Ms. Roche is the CEO and president of Blackhawk Network. Prior to her role as CEO of the company, Ms. Roche served as the president of Blackhawk, as well as leading Marketing, Product and Business Development for the company. Earlier in her career, she held various executive positions at News Corporation. Ms. Roche has also served as a member of the board of directors of the Network Branded Prepaid Card Association, a trade association. Ms. Roche holds a B.A. in economics from Stanford University. She lives in Lafayette, California, with her husband and two children.
Electronic Arts (EA) reported preliminary financial results on Tuesday for its third fiscal quarter ended December 31, 2014. Mobile was a strong driver behind the company's performance, with monthly active users for EA’s mobile titles averaging more than 160 million in the third quarter. Andrew Wilson (CEO, EA): Great execution with our leading IP, new mobile hits and continued strength in our catalogue of top games and services were the foundation for an excellent performance in Q3. EA's total revenue rose about 40 percent to $1.13 billion in the quarter, and came from digital and packaged goods businesses, in roughly equal parts. The company's net income was $142 million, or 44 cents per share, compared with a loss of $308 million, or $1 per share, a year earlier. Fiscal Year 2015 Expectations (ending March...
The Sims 4 will be available on PC starting September 2 in North America. Among other updates like emotionally richer characters, the new edition will let allow players access to other players’ The Sims 4 user generated content directly from the game. Watch the game trailer here.
Cumulative sales of the PlayStation 4 entertainment system have reached 4.2 million as of December 28, 2013, says Sony. PS4 software sales remained strong through the holiday season, with more than 9.7 million copies sold in retail stores and as digital downloads. Top selling games included Call of Duty: Ghosts from Activision, Assassin's Creed IV Black Flag from Ubisoft, Battlefield 4 and FIFA 14 from Electronic Arts, and Killzone Shadow Fall from Sony. Global PS Plus subscriptions have increased by more than 90% since the PS4 launch, says Sony. To date, more than 1.7 million gameplay broadcasts have been streamed from PS4 systems via video streaming platforms, Twitch and Ustream, totaling more than 55 million minutes. The PS4 system is now available in 53 countries and territories...
PopCap Games, a division of Electronic Arts, has launched Peggle 2, the sequel to its 2007 puzzle game. The game is available exclusively as a digital-only title on Xbox One. Peggle 2 offers 60 levels, 60 trials, Peg Party multiplayer action, and four all-new Peggle Masters and power-ups. The game costs $11.99.
Children who love Garfield, the feline star of the popular comic strip, can now make their own computer animations of the lasagna-loving, Monday-adverse cat, and learn a bit about computer programming in the process. The latest release of Carnegie Mellon University's Alice educational software features Garfield, Odie, Jon, and Nermel. Like all versions of Alice, the newest, Alice 2.4, enables novices to create animations using a drag-and-drop interface to select character objects, props and scenes from a gallery of 3D models. Alice 2.4 joins Alice 3.1, a version of Alice that is primarily geared to students in higher-grade levels and in universities. Alice 3.1 contains the Sims characters, donated by Electronic Arts, and has options that support transition to the Java programming language. Carnegie Mellon makes the free...
Electronic Arts has appointed Andrew Wilson, executive vice president of EA Sports and Origin, as the next CEO of the company. Mr. Wilson joined EA in 2000. He has held several positions in the company's studio organization, and was the executive producer the FIFA franchise. You can read a message from Andrew Wilson here.
Electronic Arts' EA Sports UFC will feature playable female fighters for the first time ever in a UFC videogame, with UFC Women’s Bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey and top bantamweight contender Miesha Tate, joining the fray, among others. EA Sports UFC is in development at EA Canada in Vancouver and will be available for the Xbox One and the PlayStation 4.
The PlayStation 4 gaming system will launch on November 15, 2013 in the Canada and U.S., and a fortnight later in Europe. The console will sell for $399. By the end of December, Sony says it will have 33 titles available for PS4, including NBA 2K14, Call of Duty: Ghosts, Skylanders Swap Force, Need for Speed: Rivals, Battlefield 4, Madden 25, FIFA 14, NBA Live, Killzone: Shadow Fall, #DRIVECLUB, Knack, Assassins Creed IV Black Flag, Watch_Dogs, Just Dance 2014 and Lego Marvel Super Heroes. Sony is working with some 620 developers and publishers from around the world, says the company. More than 180 PS4 titles are in development, including Destiny from Bungie, Activision Publishing, Mad Max: Fury Road from Warner Brothers, Witcher 3 from CD Projekt,...
Hasbro and Electronic Arts (EA) have inked a new agreement under which EA will develop several of Hasbro’s gaming brands for mobile platforms globally. Under the four-year agreement, EA will continue to develop mobile games for several of Hasbro’s gaming brands: Monopoly, Scrabble, The Game Of Life, Battleship, Boggle, Clue, Risk, and Yahtzee. EA’s Pogo.com gaming community will also continue to be a central hub online for digital versions of Hasbro games.
Plants vs. Zombies 2 is coming this July, says PopCap Games, a division of Electronic Arts. The game will be previewed invitation only at E3 in Los Angeles next week, and will launch worldwide on July 18 for iOS. Allen Murray (Senior producer, Plants vs. Zombies 2, PopCap Games): It’s about time! Leveraging the touch interface of Apple’s mobile devices, Plants vs. Zombies 2 includes new touch-screen power-ups that enable players to “break the fourth wall” and interact with zombies directly, as well as via plant defenses. Also returning for the sequel is Crazy Dave, the addled neighbor who serves as a guide for players and shopkeeper for special plant upgrades and other tools and weapons. The game is free to download. Players will also be able...
Denise F. Warren, head of digital content and subscriptions at the New York Times, has been appointed to the Electronic Arts (EA) board of directors. Ms. Warren has also been appointed to EA’s Audit Committee. Ms. Warren is replacing Gregory Maffei, a director at EA for ten years. According to a statement from EA, Mr. Maffei is resigning due to his commitments at Liberty Media, where he is president and CEO.
Electronic Arts and the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) have extended their existing licensing agreement until December 31, 2022. Under the terms of the agreement, EA Sports, a division of Electronic Arts, maintains exclusive rights to release FIFA-branded action and management videogames. In addition, EA Sports also holds exclusive rights to release the official FIFA World Cup videogame, as well as retaining its status as a Presenting Partner of the FIFA Interactive World Cup. EA Sports released the first FIFA-branded soccer game in 1993. Over 65 million games are played weekly, says EA.
The Walt Disney Company and Electronic Arts have signed a multi-year exclusive licensing agreement to develop and publish new games based on Star Wars characters and story-lines. Under the terms of the agreement, EA will develop and publish new Star Wars titles; while Disney will retain certain rights to develop new titles within the mobile, social, tablet and online game categories. Frank Gibeau (EA Labels President): Every developer dreams of creating games for the Star Wars universe. Three of our top studios will fulfill that dream, crafting epic adventures for Star Wars fans. Dice and Visceral will produce new games, joining the BioWare team which continues to develop for the Star Wars franchise. Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
Bejeweled Blitz has been played literally billions of times since debuting on Facebook four years ago, says PopCap. Nearly 50 million players around the world have spent 3.5 billion hours matching and destroying more than 30 trillion gems. Over 140 million games of Bejeweled Blitz are played each day. Heather Hazen (Executive producer, PopCap Games): Supporting the Android platform is an important part of our mobile gaming strategy. PopCap Games, a division of Electronic Arts, has now launched Bejeweled Blitz for Android. The game is available for free download via Google Play.