Report: Mystery buyer acquiring PopCap for more than $1B

TechCrunch reports this afternoon that Seattle’s PopCap Games, maker of hit casual games including Plants vs. Zombies and Bejeweled, is “in the process of being acquired” at a value of more than $1 billion.

If true, it would be major news for the Seattle video-game community, and for the region’s technology industry more broadly. The report, which cites multiple unnamed sources, says the identity of the prospective buyer isn’t yet known.

We’re checking into it now. More to come.

UPDATE: There’s been plenty of speculation on the potential buyer of PopCap, but TechCrunch now reports – citing two unnamed sources — that the acquirer is Electronic Arts. TechCrunch’s Jason Kincaid notes that it would be a “Hail Mary pass from EA to break into mobile and social gaming.”

We’ve reached out to PopCap for comment, and we’ll update as we hear more.

  • http://www.appatic.com Avatar X

    Could be Disney. They were wanting on buying Rovio.  PopCap would be the next best thing to that.

    • AvatarY

      It wouldn’t make a lot of sense to acquire Playdom and then Popcap. 

      • http://www.appatic.com Avatar X

        “AvatarY” uh?

        Well, why not? Would be the best way to solidify a dominant place on that market. Also the only way to make sure you are always ahead of Zynga.

  • http://twitter.com/gibbyhome Mark Gibbs

    GOD I hope its not GOOGLE…

  • Insider

    Hint, you have their “like” button on your page ;)

  • Lauragram

    Good for them

  • http://www.technokyle.com kyle

    From what I know google is hiring project managers related to games business