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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E. Zachary KnightAE, Loved your mom as the guest on your 30 Days of Netflix series. She is one interesting lady.05/27/2015 - 3:47pm
E. Zachary Knighthidannik, If you mean on iTunes, we are working to get it back up there soon. Otherwise, the show must go on. We record live every Saturday at 8pm Central05/27/2015 - 3:47pm
Andrew Eisenhidannik - The podcast will continue this weekend and every weekend after for the foreseeable future. What makes you ask?05/27/2015 - 3:29pm
Matthew WilsonI say no it isnt, but it depends on the reason for not selling it. were the pressured to not sell it. aka target au, or did they chose not to on their own aka gog with hatred.05/27/2015 - 3:28pm
hidannikIs there no more podcast?05/27/2015 - 3:26pm
E. Zachary KnightHere is another thought exercise. How would you feel if game developers traded in IP? http://gamasutra.com/blogs/JorgeMunoz/20150520/243471/Why_dont_developers_buysell_intellectual_property_much_like_other_assets.php05/27/2015 - 3:24pm
Andrew EisenSlightly Mad Studio comments on Wii U version of Project Cars: http://www.nintendolife.com/news/2015/05/exclusive_slightly_mad_studio_head_ian_bell_sets_the_record_straight_on_project_cars_wii_u05/27/2015 - 11:54am
E. Zachary KnightGamasutra has a really interesting interview with the Hatred developers. http://gamasutra.com/blogs/AlbertPalka/20150526/244229/Real_talk_with_Destructive_Creations_Hatred_interview.php05/27/2015 - 10:11am
WonderkarpLove Gamerevolutions Summary of Splatoon "It's like Double Dare found love with a roll of sushi and made a beautiful, action-packed Wii U game."05/27/2015 - 9:41am
E. Zachary KnightExtra Credits promotes SJW PC crap by discussing Rust's decision to include race but not give players a choice. ;) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eh1zfdUTqBY05/27/2015 - 9:20am
ZippyDSMleeIt would be haliarous if soemone started complaining about it in some form or another.05/27/2015 - 8:58am
E. Zachary KnightMore SJW PC crap being shoved down the throats of game designers and gamers ;) http://gamasutra.com/view/news/244376/Bloodstaineds_female_lead_Miriam_reflects_the_games_audience.php05/27/2015 - 8:43am
PHX Corphttp://www.neogaf.com/forum/showthread.php?t=1052280 USF was released a few days ago and it has a Truckload of bugs05/27/2015 - 8:24am
ZippyDSMlee2 hours of FOTNS:KR2 and my hand still hurts 0-o05/27/2015 - 7:56am
PHX Corphttps://www.kickstarter.com/projects/iga/bloodstained-ritual-of-the-night/description apparently Bloodstained: ritual of the night will have a Wii U version(through Armature Games)05/26/2015 - 9:02pm
WonderkarpSo I found out I'm Invincible Today. I drove through a Tornado and didnt even know it. was windy and torrential downpour but I drove through like a boss. 05/26/2015 - 7:35pm
ZenEnded up giving the code to Andrew so he gets to be the other guinea pig lol.05/26/2015 - 6:53pm
ZenSo...who wants to help with an experiment and get a free game for 3DS and possibly Wii U lol? Gave a friend the Wii u OlliOlli code from the Humble Bundle and it gave him the 3DS one too. Still have a 3DS code which may give a Wii U version too.05/26/2015 - 4:35pm
Zenjust wish they had been as open about development as they were with X1 and PS4. All we got were interviews saying everything was great and then this lol.05/26/2015 - 4:14pm
ZenYeah, he brought it up again as time went on and stated it was not to be taken seriously. And I am in NO way defending people who are acting like...well....the not so nice way to say "butts". And I don't personally think they haven't worked on the game, I05/26/2015 - 4:12pm
 

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