EA buys Bioware & Pandemic for $800M+

Apr 11, 2005
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http://ps3.ign.com/articles/826/826664p1.html

October 11, 2007 - Electronic Arts announced today that it has purchased the holding company that owns BioWare and Pandemic Studios.

The acquisition will cost EA about $775 million, which includes a $650 million cash payment to the stockholders of VG Holding Corp., which directly owns the two developers, and an additional $155 million in equity to select VG employees.

As part of the agreement, EA said it plans to lend up to $35 million to the company through the closing of the deal, expected in January. EA will also assume outstanding VG Holding Corp. stock options.

VG Holding is owned by Elevation Partners, which invested $300 million in BioWare and Pandemic in November 2005, creating one of the world's best-funded and largest independent game development houses.

Elevation Partners (which includes U2 front-man Bono) was formerly headed by John Riccitello, who left EA in 2004 to form the company. Riccitello re-joined EA as chief operating officer in April.

"We are truly excited by John Riccitiello's new vision for EA," said Ray Muzyka, Co-founder and CEO of BioWare Corp. in a news release Thursday. "This vision is consistent with BioWare's focus on crafting the highest quality story-driven games in the world. It will enable us to further the careers of the passionate, creative and hard working teams at BioWare Edmonton and BioWare Austin."

Pandemic Studios is led by Andrew Goldman, Josh Resnick and Greg Borrud. BioWare Corp. is jointly led by Greg Zeschuk and Muzyka. Those teams will join the EA Games Label run by Frank Gibeau, President of EA Games.

BioWare's upcoming RPG Mass Effect is scheduled for a November 20 release. Pandemic Studios is currently working on Mercenaries 2: World in Flames, expected to be released in April.
 

Beeman99

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Fuck EA, I hope they all die of aids
 

Ryoshima

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They ruined the battlefield series
 

Slayback

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Does this mean there is a chance for Mass Effect to come to PS3?
No. I think I read somewhere that Microsoft bought the rights to the trilogy of Mass Effect for the 360. Plus I think they also own the publishing rights to the Mass Effect IP. This deal shouldn't void that contract. Either way, this deal doesn't go into effect until January of 2008 and Mass Effect comes out next month.
 

Ryoshima

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Yea, I still maintain that Battlefield 1942 is the best multiplayer game of all time. Although yes, I haven't played every multiplayer game, but 1942 just rocks. CTF Wake Island FTW.