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Electronic Arts Purchases PopCap, Jeff Green for $750 Million

Plants vs. Zombies and Peggle are now under the EA roof. And Jeff Green. Again.

Missing: piles of money.

The rumors are true: Electronic Arts has purchased PopCap Games and former games editor turned director of editorial and social media Jeff Green for $750 million.

Based on reaching certain financial milestones, the deal could reach as high as $1.3 billion, which jives with the original $1 billion number that was floating around not too long ago.

It's unclear how much Green, whose last name is quite a convenient coincidence, will make out of this.

The deal means EA now adds Plants vs. Zombies, Bejeweled, Peggle and other lucrative franchises into the company's lineup. EA has been aggressively moving into the mobile and social space in recent years, acquiring one of the biggest developers, PlayFish, for $300 million in 2009.

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Posted by patrickklepek
Missing: piles of money.

The rumors are true: Electronic Arts has purchased PopCap Games and former games editor turned director of editorial and social media Jeff Green for $750 million.

Based on reaching certain financial milestones, the deal could reach as high as $1.3 billion, which jives with the original $1 billion number that was floating around not too long ago.

It's unclear how much Green, whose last name is quite a convenient coincidence, will make out of this.

The deal means EA now adds Plants vs. Zombies, Bejeweled, Peggle and other lucrative franchises into the company's lineup. EA has been aggressively moving into the mobile and social space in recent years, acquiring one of the biggest developers, PlayFish, for $300 million in 2009.

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Edited by iDarktread

Huh, I hope they don't charge for Plants vs. Zombies 2 downloadable content.

Posted by vencha

Will it ever end?

Edited by iAmJohn

Poor Jeff Green, he can never get away.

Edited by rentfn

So Jeff Green works for EA again :) Are they going to make him try to move the box again

Posted by DillonWerner

Good for EA

Posted by Rolyatkcinmai

They could have rented the Staples Center for that.

Posted by MEATBALL

Just when Jeff Green thinks he's out, THEY PULL HIM BACK IN!

Posted by iAmJohn

@iDarktread said:

First?

Hahahaha, dumbass.

Posted by DanielJW

@rentfn said:

So Jeff Green works for EA again :)

They wanted him back that badly.

Posted by SaltyPancakes

lol at Jeff Green

Posted by Toxin066

@Rolyatkcinmai said:

They could have rented the Staples Center for that.

Posted by SlightConfuse

did not know jeff green was worth that much

Posted by phrosnite

Jeff Green is now even greener!

Posted by FadedOasis

How long until EA pulls all of PopCap's games from Steam so they can sell them exclusively on Origin?

Posted by Balex1908

Someone at EA really hates Jeff Green.

Posted by Cirdain

news anouncement: Jeff Green recently killed himself

Posted by Simulacrum

Poor Jeff Green.

Posted by RockinKemosabe

Jeff Green cannot escape the iron fist of EA.

Posted by Jimbo

Is it possible to run Bejeweled into the ground? Let's see.

Posted by avidwriter

Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo! (Star wars style) So we can except a PvZ every year now?

Posted by JacDG

@Toxin066 said:

@Rolyatkcinmai said:

They could have rented the Staples Center for that.

Posted by admanb

In other news, PopCap removes sharp objects from Jeff Green's office; initiates 24-hour surveillance.

Edited by buzz_killington

Battlefield vs. Zombies coming soon to a mobile device near you!!
 
Also as a lot of people have already said, Riccitielo did it just to piss off Jeff Green. EA rules all.

Posted by Rirse

Guess that means in ten years EA will rename their download manager the "Popcap". This is terrible news.

Posted by wsowen02

Oh man, and here I thought I had an original joke about Jeff Green

Posted by MisterMouse

Hahahaha that is hilarious, Jeff Green is right back there all over again.

Posted by Rhaknar

guess this means no more popcap games on Steam?

Posted by RE_Player1

So technically is Jeff Green now an EA employee?

Posted by rjayb89

GET OUT WHILE YOU STILL CAN, JEFF GREEN.

Posted by JMartNWA

Can't wait for the next Jeff Green Bombcast appearance, especially if he were to leave PopCap.  Good luck to him, it's a straight up mafioso situation.

Posted by Portis

Jeff Green:

THERE IS NO ESCAPE.

Posted by sirdesmond

Wow, I have a friend who was working for a Facebook developer for a bit, became a PopCap employee when PopCap bought his original company just a few months ago, and now he is an EA employee.

Companies buying companies buying companies.

Posted by Bear
@wsowen02 said:
Oh man, and here I thought I had an original joke about Jeff Green
this.
Posted by iAmJohn

@sirdesmond said:

Wow, I have a friend who was working for a Facebook developer for a bit, became a PopCap employee when PopCap bought his original company just a few months ago, and now he is an EA employee.

Companies buying companies buying companies.

Inception.

Posted by MattyFTM

Part of me can imagine an EA executive plotting this whole thing just because of Jeff Green.

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Posted by Wacomole

Excellent.  Bejeweled 4 will have you paying extra to include the green gems in the game.

Posted by yakov456

Ugh, will there be an update for PvsZ that enables sandwich board wearing zombies with EA ads plastered all over them?

Posted by wibby

Wut?

Posted by animathias

@iDarktread said:

Huh, I hope they don't charge for Plants vs. Zombies 2 downloadable content.

I'd buy it... and probably for 3-4 different platforms.

I have... problems (but I can also play Plants vs. Zombies anywhere.)

Posted by Video_Game_King
Posted by Alphazero

Jeff Green was the advance recon team. EA sent him, he scoped out the place, said some shit about EA to protect his cover, and now they smoothly real in their big fat casual fish.

Nicely played Mr. Green.

Posted by Animasta

the worst news

Posted by Mr_Skeleton

They must really love Jeff Green over at EA.

Edited by picklecannon

they could've rented the staples center with that kind of money

Posted by Cybexx

So, now I'm curious how this affects Popcap's relationship with Blizzard. Does the Bejeweled / Peggle / Plants vs Zombies stuff get pulled from WoW?

Posted by ManiacMaysin

So, Mr. Green, how does it feel to be working for EA . . . again?

Edited by Kyreo

@Rolyatkcinmai: Nah they would have needed another 25 million.

I'm actually glad this happened. EA needed a moneymaker.

Posted by Redbullet685

Thats a lot of money for PopCap.

Posted by Protonguy

I'm a sad panda