California Legislature holding an informational hearing on video games this morning

August 21, 2015 - Andrew Eisen

The California Assembly Committee on Arts, Entertainment, Sports, Tourism and Internet Media is holding an informational hearing this morning.  Titled "California’s Video Game Industry: Staying on Top of a Changing Game," the hearing will "examine what the industry looks like and how California can maintain its leadership role in the field and strengthen its position for the future."

From the press release:

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Peter More calls 'on-disc' conspiracy theories 'nonsense'

August 13, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Electronic Arts chief operating officer Peter Moore says that "conspiracy theories" from fans about locked on-disc DLC are "nonsense." In an interview with GameSpot Moore said that  locking-out finished content on discs doesn't happen with EA products.

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Chicago Blackhawks Right Wing Patrick Kane removed from 'NHL 16' cover

August 12, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

EA Sports announced via Twitter today that it has decided to remove Chicago Blackhawks Right Wing Patrick Kane from the cover of NHL 16. 

"In light of the ongoing investigation involving Patrick Kane, he will no longer be a spokesperson for the launch of EA Sports NHL 16. He will not appear on the EA Sports NHL 16 cover, nor will he participate in other EA Sports NHL 16 promotional activities."

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Friday out, Thursday in: EA will now release games in the UK a day sooner

August 7, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Good news from Eurogamer for gamers in the United Kingdom - you'll have one day less to wait for new releases from Electronic Arts. The company says that instead of releasing games on Fridays - as companies - including EA - have traditionally done for as long as we can remember, it will start releasing games on Thursday.

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Nexon bringing 'Titanfall' to the free-to-play space

July 29, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Nexon announced a deal this morning with Electronic Arts to develop and deploy an online PC version of Titanfall for the Asian gaming market.

This is not the first time the two companies have collaborated on bringing key franchises from Electron Arts' catalog to the online gaming space; EA and Nexon worked together on EA Sports FIFA 3 Online.

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Origin accounts will be rebranded as 'EA Accounts'

July 20, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

In case you missed the email on Friday or you're not an Origin subscriber, EA let Origin account holders know that their "Origin" accounts would be rebranded as "EA" accounts soon.

The company said that the change will happen in a few weeks and it is doing it so that these accounts "better represent all of EA's games and services."

Is Origin, EA's Steam-like digital distribution platform going away?

That is unknown as of this writing and EA did not give any indication that this would be the case moving forward.

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Judge approves $60 million NCAA video game settlement

July 17, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

CBS Sports reports that U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken has approved a combined $60 million settlement that will effectively end claims against Electronic Arts, Collegiate Licensing Company and the NCAA over the use of players' names, images and likenesses in EA Sports video games.

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Comcast launching game streaming service beta

July 14, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Hot on the heels of announcing earlier this week that it would break out an online TV streaming service for its Internet subscribers, Comcast has announced the start of a beta test for Xfinity Games. The service is the result of a partnership with Electronic Arts and will be less like Xbox Live and PlayStation Network and more like Roku, Amazon and Android devices have done with gaming.

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Jade Raymond leads new EA-owned studio

July 13, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Former Ubisoft developer Jade Raymond has joined the Electronic Arts family - as the head of a new studio in Montreal called Motive.

"I’m happy to announce that I’m joining Electronic Arts and opening Motive, a new development studio in my home town of Montreal, Canada," Raymond and EA announced today.

The studio will be based out of the same location as BioWare's Montreal satellite, according to the announcement.

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EA appoints new head of EA Mobile

July 7, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Electronic Arts has appointed a new head of its mobile division, according to Seeking Alpha.  Samantha Ryan has been appointed as the new head of EA Mobile, according to a new SEC filing by the company.

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NCAA players' video game lawsuit inches closer to being settled

July 6, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

A settlement between former college players Electronic Arts, Collegiate Licensing Company and the NCAA is nearing the final stretch. College players sued the aforementioned parties claiming that EA video games used their likenesses without providing any proper compensation. EA decided to settle last year and U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken gave it preliminary approval last July.

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EA highlights 'Star Wars Battlefront' and 'Mass Effect Andromeda' at E3 media briefing

June 15, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

At its annual E3 media briefing at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles this afternoon, Electronic Arts talked a lot about how player feedback has influenced the ongoing development of its slate of games. There was a lot of marketing speak, an awkward sit-down interview with legendary football (soccer here in the States) player Pele, and a series of sports presentations that seemed to go on forever.

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Upcoming 'Need For Speed' reboot will require a connection online

May 29, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

According to a tweet this morning from EA's official Need for Speed twitter account, you won't be able to play the upcoming reboot of the series (simply called need For Speed) without an Internet connection. Responding to a tweet about past games requiring being connected to an EA server, EA responded by confirming that it was true.

"NFS will require an online connection, but the benefits are nice. More variety and a more rewarding experience with friends," EA said on Twitter.

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EA lays off a 'small number' of employees at Visceral Games

May 12, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Electronic Arts has laid off a small and undisclosed number of staff from its wholly owned Visceral Games studio. EA confirmed the news with Game Informer today. The company noted that the layoffs were staffers who were developing content for Battlefield Hardline Premium and an announced Star Was project.

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EA Predicts 50 million Xbox One and PS4 sales by the end of 2015

May 6, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Electronic Arts predicts that combined PlayStation 4 and Xbox One sales will reach 50 million by the end of the year. Electronic Arts CFO Blake Jorgensen said that the console market was growing much faster than it had in previous generations and that four out of every five copies of Battlefield Hardline were sold for either the PS4 or Xbox One. Combined, EA predicts that around 22 million PS4s and Xbox One systems will be sold in 2015's end.

According to EA's accounting, 27 million Xbox One and PS4 consoles had been sold by the end of 2014.

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EA submits to the authority of the Australian Consumer Law

April 28, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Kotaku Australia reports that Electronic Arts has come to an agreement with the ACCC, the national consumer regulator for Australia, concerning giving refunds. EA said that it would not give refunds to customers of SimCity and other games bought through its Origin service way back in 2013. The Australian government disagreed and warned the publisher that it was violating the Australian Consumer Law.

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'Humble Origin Bundle 2' generates $2.25 million for charity

April 23, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

The Humble Origin Bundle 2 has generated $2.25 million (as of this writing, at least) for charity.  The latest Humble Bundle offers eight EA games and supports three worthy charities. Pay whatever you want to get Dragon Age: Origins, Peggle, Dead Space 2, Command & Conquer Generals + Zero Hour, and Medal of Honor Allied Assault War Chest.

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EA Shutting down 'Battlefield Heroes' and three other free-to-play games

April 15, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Patrick Söderlund, EVP of EA Studios made an announcement via the company's official blog that will have a lot of people upset: the company is shutting down several long-running and popular online games. The games getting shut down are Battlefield Heroes, Battlefield Play4Free, Need for Speed World and FIFA World.

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Visceral Games VP and GM leaves EA

April 8, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Longtime EA veteran Steve Papoutsis has left Electronic Arts after 15 years with the company. The report about Visceral Games' VP and general manager Steve Papoutsis leaving the company first appeared on Kotaku, but was later confirmed by Eurogamer as true by EA.

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EA: Origin authentication responsible for 'Battlefield Hardline' lockouts, not DRM

March 26, 2015 - James Fudge

Yesterday we reported on a problem associated with what appeared to be Battlefield Hardline's DRM when swapping out hardware components multiple times in a single computer.

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Report: 'Battlefield Hardline' DRM monitors hardware changes

March 25, 2015 - James Fudge

Update: An EA spokesperson has responded to this story. You can find the response here.

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NCAA seeks appeal in O’Bannon v. NCAA

March 18, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

N.C.A.A. lawyers were at the San Francisco federal appeals court on Tuesday seeking to overturn Judge Claudia Wilken's decision last summer that said college athletes could be paid. Last August Judge Wilken ruled in O’Bannon v. NCAA that the collegiate sports organization violated antitrust laws by prohibiting athletes from profiting from their names and images in TV broadcasts and in sports video games made by Electronic Arts.

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Xbox One version of 'Battlefield: Hardlines' suffers DDoS attack on launch day

March 18, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

A Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack was aimed at the servers for the Xbox One version of Battlefield: Hardlines last night as the game kicked off its first day of availability. Publisher EA was aware of the problem and alerted fans via several tweets from the official Battlefield Twitter account last night (you can read them below). While it's unclear if EA has fully dealt with the problem, the company did say that it is aware of it and working on it.

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Poll: Which Studio Will Electronic Arts Close Next?

March 12, 2015 - Andrew Eisen

Two time consecutive winner of The Consumerist's Worst Company in America Award, Electronic Arts, closed Maxis (SimCity, The Sims) last week and the world said:

"Feh, no surprise there."

Indeed, buying and closing studios is old hat for old EA.  Check out this list of shuttered studios, courtesy of Kotaku.

So who's next?

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'Titanfall' Celebrates First Birthday With Free Map Packs

March 11, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

They grow up so fast. Respawn Entertainment's Titanfall, celebrates its one year anniversary today and to celebrate publisher EA is giving away the game's Season Pass away for free on PC, Xbox 360, and Xbox One. The Season Pass gives you access to all the downloadable content that has been released for the game so far - nine multiplayer maps.

Also, here's a thank-you from Respawn CEO Vince Zampella:

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'Syndicate' Is 'On The House'

March 9, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Origin's latest On The House free game giveaway is the classic EA game Syndicate. Developed by Peter Molyneux's Bullfrog studio and released in 1993 for PC, Syndicate is an action strategy game set in the far flung future where massive corporations control armies of genetically altered soldiers decked out in high tech gear and weaponry who fight for supremacy in a war-torn world.

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Poll: Should EA Keep the Maxis Name Alive?

March 4, 2015 - Andrew Eisen

As we reported earlier today, Electronic Arts has shuttered Maxis, the developer behind The Sims and SimCity franchises.

I was thinking about asking if you were surprised but GP's Managing Editor had a better angle for this week's poll:

Should EA keep the Maxis name alive?  

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Report: EA Quietly Closes Maxis Emeryville

March 4, 2015 - James Fudge

Electronic Arts has shut down Maxis Emeryville, the main headquarters of the studio currently responsible for The Sims and SimCity franchises.

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Report: BioWare's 'Shadow Realms' Has Been Canceled

February 9, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

BioWare's four vs. one narrative-driven experimental game project has been canceled according to this Game Informer report. The title, which was in development at BioWare's Austin, Texas studio was officially announced at Gamescom in August of last year, and the media was given some hands-on time with it shortly thereafter. GI says that its reporting is based on multiple sources close to the situation.

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Layoffs Hit EA Montreal

February 9, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Electronic Arts has laid off an undetermined number of employees at its EA Montreal studio according to what the company tell Gamasutra in this report. A source close to the situation also tells Gamasutra that the division might be in for some very hard times in the future.

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Andrew EisenNope.08/27/2015 - 4:17pm
ZippyDSMleeDid you guys cover Fatal Frame 5 being nintendo Eshop only?08/27/2015 - 3:55pm
Big Perm120 bucks for a tetanus shot. Thanks Obama08/27/2015 - 3:01pm
Andrew EisenMatthew - Of course they do. I wasn't suggesting otherwise. Hell, Quiet's already been cosplayed quite a bit.08/27/2015 - 1:25pm
Big PermThere's been some pretty good Kill La Kill cosplay08/27/2015 - 12:56pm
Matthew WilsonI saw someone cosplay as the main charector from kill la kill last year at pax, so people do it.....08/27/2015 - 12:55pm
Andrew EisenPerm - Well yeah, Kojima himself said something along the lines of "Cosplay this, I dare you! No, seriously. Please cosplay this!" I was just wondering if there was an in-universe explanation.08/27/2015 - 12:45pm
Andrew EisenCheck out last week's story on The State of Play book for an updated cover and a list of all the authors and their essay titles! http://gamepolitics.com/2015/08/21/state-play-looks-current-state-video-games08/27/2015 - 12:44pm
Big PermI figured it was because titties are awesome08/27/2015 - 12:37pm
Andrew EisenI'm still waiting to see if any reviews spill the beans on the story reasons behind Quiet's goofy getup in Metal Gear Solid 508/27/2015 - 12:33pm
ZippyDSMleeHave you seen what the Deva wrestlers wear? Now lets get all that Japan only DLC for DOA over here, and DOA Volly ball,ect let the whining commence!08/27/2015 - 12:18pm
Matthew Wilsonsuprisingly, there has not been the negative reaction I was expecting.08/27/2015 - 12:13pm
Andrew EisenWe should devote a segment to R. Mika's costume on the podcast. It'll be great!08/27/2015 - 11:40am
Andrew EisenMatt - So... who is the producer of the video you linked?08/27/2015 - 11:15am
ZippyDSMleeAnd its not as bad as rumble roses :P08/27/2015 - 11:14am
ZippyDSMleeE. Zachary Knight: I dunno wrestling is about spectacle nd bad costumes are part and parcel of it..08/27/2015 - 11:13am
Big PermThis costume is amazing. Praise it08/27/2015 - 10:59am
E. Zachary KnightOh wow. This costume is obnoxious. Why? The character and moves are cool but man that costume. Ugh. http://kotaku.com/r-mika-and-her-ridiculous-outfit-join-street-fighter-v-172692528208/27/2015 - 10:56am
Big PermHe leveled up08/27/2015 - 8:24am
black mantaBrad Bushman's back again, saying how the WDBJ shooter's use of a body camera made it look like an FPS. http://www.npr.org/sections/alltechconsidered/2015/08/27/435076699/why-shooters-record-themselves-in-the-act08/27/2015 - 8:01am

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