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August 21, 2012 at 1:23 PM

PopCap lays off 50, mostly in Seattle

PopCap Games is laying off 50 employees, mostly at its Seattle headquarters. That’s nearly 10 percent of the company, which was acquired a year ago by game giant Electronic Arts. After the layoffs – which happened today – PopCap employs about 550, including about 300 in Belltown. The majority of the layoffs were in Seattle but jobs were…

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July 12, 2011 at 12:55 PM

EA buying PopCap today for up to $1.3 billion

Seattle’s PopCap Games was acquired by Electronic Arts for up to $1.3 billion, including $650 million cash up front. PopCap’s breakout hit “Bejeweled” established the modern casual games industry that’s centered in Seattle starting in 2000. The studio went on to produce a series of blockbuster games that have been played by more than 1 billion…

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June 14, 2010 at 2:29 PM

E3: EA shows its top 10 new games, Speed, Medal of Honor

LOS ANGELES — Electronic Arts is making it easy to follow its announcements by showing 10 games in a row. It caught me at No. 1, the new “Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit” coming out Nov. 16. It takes the franchise back to its early, purer form with a cops and robbers theme. Except the cops…

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December 2, 2009 at 2:58 PM

Game giant EA won’t dump Tiger Woods for a little cheating

Electronic Arts boss John Riccitiello told Fox Business Network that Tiger Woods is going to remain the face of his company’s hit golf game, despite Woods’ out-of-bounds play. “Of course,” Riccitiello said. “He’s been a great partner to us.” It probably doesn’t hurt that EA’s “Tiger Woods PGA Tour” has grossed $500 million. “His private life is…

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