List: How EA’s buyout of PopCap ranks

Electronic Arts’ buyout of PopCap Games is a whopper by most standards. But just how big is it in relation to other M&A deals in the Seattle area? I wanted to put the acquisition — valued at $750 million in upfront payments and up to $1.3 billion over time —  in some deeper perspective. So… Read More

PopCap's John Vechey (Photo by Jon Jordin via Flickr)

Q&A: PopCap co-founder on the EA deal, and the future

John Vechey was one of three guys who started PopCap Games eleven years ago, defying the dot-com bust to create one of the most successful companies in casual games, with hit franchises including Bejeweled, Plants vs. Zombies and Zuma. Today, the company announced a deal to be sold to gaming giant Electronic Arts for $750… Read More

Kim Cameron

Roundup: ID guru leaves Microsoft, Google Maps goes indoors, EA downplays discs

A quick rundown of news stories catching our attention this afternoon … Google Maps is going indoors with panoramic photos inside businesses. Microsoft’s chief identity architect, Kim Cameron, has left the company, reports ZDNet’s Mary Jo Foley. Electronic Arts expects its revenue from digital downloads of games and extra content to exceed $1 billion this… Read More