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Electronic Arts

Electronic Arts is a Redwood City, California-based company in the video game industry founded in 1982 by Trip Hawkins, Jeff Burton and Stewart J Bonn

Electronic Arts (EA) is one of the world's largest third-party video game publishers. They have transitioned from a console-based video game publisher to the one of the largest publishers on consoles, personal computer (PC), and mobile. The firm owns number of large franchises, including Madden, FIFA, Battlefield, Mass Effect, Dragon's Age, and Need for Speed. EA recently signed a 10-year contract with Disney that granted EA the exclusive rights to develop Star Wars games for core gamers across all platforms.

Revenue

In 2019 Electronic arts posted a total net revenue of $4.950 billion. Their expected net revenue for 2020 is $5.410 billion.The company splits their revenue by stream, where game consoles (Sony's Playstation, Microsoft's Xbox and Nintendo's Switch, respectively) accounted for $3.7 billion of the companies 2020 net revenue. Games for PC accounted for $773 million, while $807 million came from mobile games. The final $11 million came from their "other" category.

Electronic Arts follows the industry standard of games-as-a-service, also known as "freemium" gaming or "loot boxes" whereby a user can increase or augment their gaming experience through real money purchases. These "live services" as EA dubs them accounted for 59% of EA's total revenue, approximately $2.2 billion. Full game downloads account for 19.8% of their revenue and mobile accounted for 21.5%.

Games Divisions

Electronic Arts is organized into three divisions: EA Studios, EA Mobile and Maxis. EA Studios is responsible for developing games and related content and services across a range of game categories. EA Mobile develops and publishes interactive games for mobile phones and tablets, and some casual games for PC. Maxis focuses on creating games and related content and services which engage player creativity.

Timeline

February 3, 2020
Electronic Arts Has Big Plans for "Apex Legends".

The battle royale shooter could become EA's next $1 billion franchise.

February 3, 2020
EA Hits Almost $1 Billion in Microtransactions, Gets Lawsuit over FIFA 20 Team Packs.

EA announced it had made nearly $1 billion from microtransactions alone in the quarter that ended December 31.

February 1, 2020
Electronic Arts Is Planning To Release 14 Games In 2021
January 30, 2020
Star Wars Game Helps Lift Sales, Profit at Electronic Arts

Analysts expect blockbuster releases to bolster results for EA in the holiday quarter.

November 2019
EA has announced it will bring its games back to Steam in November.

They returned with Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, but are expected to bring other titles such as Battlefield V, Apex Legends and The Sims 4 to Steam as well.

November 9, 2017
Electronic Arts announced it will acquire Titanfall maker Respawn Entertainment for $315 million in cash and stock, plus a possible bonus of $140 million.
July 5, 2011
EA Buys PopCap Games for As Much As $1.3 Billion.

EA has acquired PopCap Games. The acquisition price is $650 million plus $100 million stock and a multi-year earn-out, bringing the total acquisition price to as much as $1.3 billion.

June 3, 2011
EA Launches 'Origin,' Downloadable Games Service

Game publisher Electronic Arts has launched a brand new digital platform that will allow customers to purchase and download its games online, it said Friday.

November 9, 2009
Not Playing Around. EA Buys Playfish For $300 Million, Plus a $100 Million Earnout.
October 11, 2007
Electronic Arts announced today that it has purchased the holding company that owns BioWare and Pandemic Studios.

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Further Resources

Title
Author
Link
Type
Date

Electronic Arts Has Big Plans for "Apex Legends"

John Ballard

Web

February 3, 2020

Electronic Arts' biggest acquisitions: the good, the so-so, and the duds

Dean Takahashi

Web

December 20, 2017

FIFA 22 | Team of the Year Trailer | Back The Best

Web

January 10, 2022

Here's How Electronic Arts Makes Its Money

Ashraf Eassa

Web

February 22, 2019

News

Title
Author
Date
Publisher
Description
Martin Kimber, news reporter
July 12, 2021
Sky News
Sky News tests F1 2021, the new video game from Electronic Arts, ahead of its release on 16 July; EA took over Codemasters, one of the oldest game developers in the UK, earlier in the year.
Lucas Matney
June 23, 2021
TechCrunch
Video game giant Electronic Arts is continuing to make M&A moves as it looks to bulk up its presence in the mobile gaming world. Fresh off the $2.4 billion acquisition of Glu Mobile this past April, their biggest purchase to date, Electronic Arts announced Wednesday that they are buying Warner Bros. Games' mobile gaming studio [...]
Flowhaven
May 6, 2021
www.prnewswire.com:443
/PRNewswire/ -- Flowhaven, the industry's leading Licensing Relationship Management platform (LRM), today announced it has strengthened its U.S. sales team...
Financialnewsmedia.com
March 5, 2021
www.prnewswire.com:443
/PRNewswire/ -- While esports may have once stood for a subset of sports culture, it has grown into a full industry in its own right. Esports and gaming have...
Financialnewsmedia.com
February 11, 2021
www.prnewswire.com:443
/PRNewswire/ -- The gaming markets have not only survived the pandemic... they have actually thrived! The global media and entertainment market has consistently...
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