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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PSA: Making That Server Browser List Populate on the PS4 Version of the 'Battlefield Hardline' Beta

February 4, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

The fine folks at PlayStation Lifestyle have created a helpful 40-second video to help those Battlefield Hardline beta participants with a strange problem occurring on the PlayStation 4. According to the site, the PS4 version of the beta is currently suffering from a strange bug with the server browser in the game. Sometimes when loading it up it shows no players at all.

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EFF Files Amicus Brief Supporting EA in 'Davis v. EA'

February 3, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

The Electronic Frontier Foundation and the Organization for Transformative Works have jointly filed an amicus brief in Davis v. Electronic Arts currently before the Ninth Circuit court. In its brief the EFF says that "bad facts are making bad law," referring to several court rulings related to celebrities using lawsuits about "rights to publicity" against creative works to trump free speech.

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EFF's 'Stupid Patent of the Month' Is Game-Related

January 30, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

The Electronic Frontier Foundation has named U.S. Patent 8,529,350 January’s "Stupid Patent of the Month." You may recall our story from earlier this month in which White Knuckle (the patent holder) sued Electronic Arts over the patent which relates to "remotely updating a sports video game based on real-world events." The company says that several of EA's sports titles including Tiger Woods PGA Tour and its NCAA titles infringe on the patent.

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EA Sued For Allegedly Violating Sports Statistics Patent

January 21, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

According to this Joystiq report, a company named White Knuckle filed a lawsuit last week against Electronic Arts claiming that the company's sports titles infringe on U.S. Pat. No. 8,529,350, a software method patent that relates to recording "real-world parameters, then storing those elements on a server so players can download to update their games." The patent was approved by the USPTO in October 2002.

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'Theme Hospital' Is 'On The House'

January 21, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Electronic Arts announced this morning that its "On The House" program will feature Bullfrog classic Theme Hospital. No doubt inspired by the company's hit game Theme Park, Theme Hospital is a classic strategy game that puts you in charge of keeping a top notch medical facility running and keeping its not necessarily willing customers as happy as one can while they are receiving medical treatment...

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EA Loses Appeal in Madden NFL 09 Lawsuit

January 7, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

A U.S. Federal Appeals Court has rejected an appeal by Electronic Arts to get a 2010 lawsuit filed by ex-NFL players tossed out of court, Reuters reports (by way of Joystiq).

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EA Denies Origin Security Breach

December 31, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Although a number of users in this Reddit thread are reporting that they have been charged for games they didn't buy (or want) on EA's digital distribution and multiplayer platform Origin, the company claims that it has not had a security breach. Several users within the Reddit thread claim that they are being charged for games they didn't buy and other suspicious account activity.

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Zampella: Almost Eight Million Playing 'Titanfall' Now

December 19, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Respawn Entertainment founder Vince Zampella admits that he may have erred on the decision to make the PC version of Titanfall Origin-only and revealed just how many people are currently playing the game. Speaking to Game Informer, Zampella describes the game as "obviously pretty successful."

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Peter Moore Rails Against Twitter For How It Handles Abuse

December 10, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Electronic Arts COO Peter Moore has called out social media network Twitter for the way it handles harassment and threats after finding himself the target of some pretty egregious threats himself. It all started with a tweet from a user named "xbox_gamer87" with the profile name "Robertclarke." He tweeted at Moore:

"Hope your wife gets raped." He followed that tweet up with more of the same:

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New 'Battlefield Hardlines' Trailer Released

December 8, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

EA has released a new Battlefield Hardlines trailer highlighting some of the game's single player story mode. Developed by Visceral Entertainment, Battlefield Hardlines is a cops v. robbers action game built using the same engine as Battlefield 4. Some have complained that the game glorifies the militarization of the police and violence against police officers, amongst other things.

You can check out the new trailer to your left.

Battlefield Hardline is set for release March 17 in the US and March 19 in Europe on PC, PS4, Xbox One, PS3 and Xbox 360...

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EA Mobile Celebrates Two Billion Downloads With Free In-Game Content

December 4, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

EA Mobile claims that titles in its mobile games catalog have been collectively downloaded two billion times. That milestone was reached earlier in the week, according to EA.

To celebrate this milestone, EA Mobile is giving away in-game content in several of its titles. By playing any of the titles list below (which are available on Android and iOS) between now and December 17, you'll get some extra goodies.

- Madden NFL Mobile: Booster Pack (gold, silver, and bronze players)

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EA Will Acquire Less Companies in the Future

December 3, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Electronic Arts says that the days of it acquiring developers and big franchises to be successful has had mixed results and is something the company plans on doing rarely moving forward. For every successful acquisition (BioWare, an DICE) there are a number of companies whose work did not flourish under the auspices of being an EA owned brand. EA has acquired many companies that were later shut down or turned into a brand like Mythic Entertainment and Pandemic.

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EA CFO Thinks Microsoft Will Catch Up With Sony After The Holiday Season

November 19, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Electronic Arts CFO Blake Jorgensen says that while Sony has hit the ground running in the current generation of console wars with its PlayStation 4 console, he expects Microsoft is catching quickly.

"Clearly Sony has jumped out to a lead with a great console and I think a great pricing strategy," said EA CFO Blake Jorgensen, but "Microsoft is catching up quickly."

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Matthew WilsonDanny and Andy play the first couple of levels of the upcoming Hatred http://www.gamespot.com/videos/hatred-gamespot-plays/2300-6425016/ imho it does not look like it should be AO.05/28/2015 - 5:57pm
Andrew EisenHey, remember Kung Fury? That short film that was funded via Kickstarter a few years ago? You can watch it now. I suggest you do. It's fun! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bS5P_LAqiVg05/28/2015 - 5:14pm
Goth_SkunkOriginally, yes. Some content was cut out in order to reduce its ratign from AO down to M, but PC users could work around that an unlock the full content by means of a patch. Which is what I did. :D05/28/2015 - 3:56pm
Andrew EisenKarp - Yes, for strong sexual content. Although the recent remaster contains all that content and was rated M.05/28/2015 - 3:54pm
Andrew EisenDepends on if you consider Hatred misrated. I haven't played the game or seen the ESRB's rating summary so I'm undecided.05/28/2015 - 3:53pm
WonderkarpDidnt Fahrenheit have an AO?05/28/2015 - 3:52pm
Matthew Wilson@AE that is why I said it seems more moral panic to me.05/28/2015 - 3:51pm
Andrew EisenMatthew - From what I've seen (just the trailers) the game is nowhere near as gory as many, many other games. But again, I'm guessing the AO rating comes from theme and tone rather than outright gore.05/28/2015 - 3:50pm
Andrew EisenKarp - It didn't show penetration or nudity.05/28/2015 - 3:50pm
WonderkarpI'd say Mortal Kombat X has more Gore and Violence than Hatred.05/28/2015 - 3:50pm
Matthew Wilsonwhat I mean by worse in this case its not more gory/violent than others.05/28/2015 - 3:48pm
WonderkarpI forget....did Hot Coffee actually show Penetration?05/28/2015 - 3:48pm
Andrew EisenKarp - The Skyrim mods are external mods. The Hot Coffee mod unlocked content on the disc. Big difference. Still, the content that was unlocked was still perfectly in line with an M rating in my opinion.05/28/2015 - 3:47pm
Andrew EisenThemes are factored into ratings, not just mechanics. Still waiting for ESRB's rating summary. Very curious to see what it has to say.05/28/2015 - 3:46pm
Matthew WilsonHatred is a top down shooter though, and isnt any worse than other top down shooters?05/28/2015 - 3:45pm
Wonderkarpyeah, San Andreases rerating was ridiculous. Why not rerate Skyrim with all its crazy sex mods out there? But yeah, ESRB is good as policing itself. 05/28/2015 - 3:45pm
Andrew EisenManhunt 2 and Hatred though? Eh, there's an argument to be made for the higher rating.05/28/2015 - 3:43pm
Andrew EisenRerating San Andreas was a mistake though. That seemed to be the result of kowtowing to public pressure.05/28/2015 - 3:42pm
Andrew EisenThere wasn't one. It's just a dumb rating.05/28/2015 - 3:42pm
WonderkarpI dont see Moral Panic with a racing game though05/28/2015 - 3:40pm
 

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