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Interview: PopCap’s John Vechey says mistakes were made, but selling to EA wasn’t one

Since PopCap was acquired by Electronic Arts nearly three years ago, the Seattle-based game maker has had its fair share of troubles: Layoffs, game cancellations, studio closures and executive departures. But PopCap’s co-founder John Vechey, who was named as the executive in charge of PopCap in January, said he can’t blame the problems on Electronic… Read More

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PopCap boss John Vechey on life lessons, Electronic Arts and his Plants vs. Zombies strategy

PopCap co-founder and General Manager John Vechey sat down to an Ask Me Anything Q&A session on Reddit today, and the results were interesting. Vechey, who recently took the reins of the company from Dave Roberts, who retired earlier this year, is known for his outspoken, energetic personality, which came in handy as he answered all manner… Read More

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PopCap CEO Dave Roberts retiring, co-founder John Vechey taking over

PopCap CEO Dave Roberts will be retiring after eight years at the Seattle-based game studio, the Electronic Arts unit  known for such hits as Plants vs. Zombies and Bejeweled. PopCap co-founder John Vechey will be taking over leadership of PopCap. The change, effective next week, was reported today by VentureBeat’s Dean Takahashi. PopCap co-founder Jason Kapalka is also… Read More

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Report: Plants vs. Zombies 2 coming to Android

For Android owners who have been chomping at the bit to play Plants vs. Zombies 2, there’s good news to report today. Sources tell Polygon that PopCap’s massively-popular game will launch on Android devices in October. The title has been available in Apple’s App Store a little over one month now and hit 25 million downloads in about… Read More

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Photos: PopCap’s Zombies take over the Space Needle

The zombies are here! The zombies are here! Seattle’s iconic Space Needle has been taken over by those marauding zombies from PopCap Games, which today is releasing  “Plants vs. Zombies 2: It’s About Time.” The PR stunt got rolling this morning, and continues with other activities at the Space Needle, including autograph sessions and photo ops with… Read More

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The zombies are coming…again: Plants vs. Zombies 2 lurches onto iOS today

If you’ve been itching for a new plant-based home defense game, Seattle’s PopCap Games has you covered. PopCap, which was acquired by Electronic Arts in 2011, released “Plants vs. Zombies 2: It’s About Time,” the next installment in the company’s popular “Plants vs. Zombies” franchise for iOS today. Unlike its predecessor, “PvZ 2″ will be… Read More

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Plants vs. Zombies coming to iOS July 18 as free-to-play

Plants vs. Zombies fans have reason to be happy today: The second installment of PopCap’s popular game is officially arriving next month and it won’t leave any dents on your wallet. PopCap today announced that Plants vs. Zombies 2 will arrive on iOS devices on July 18 and unlike its predecessor, will be available to download for free. Popcap said… Read More

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Pea-shooting plant fans rejoice: Plants vs. Zombies sequel coming in July

While we don’t have many more details about the sequel to Plants vs. Zombies, PopCap did just release a new video on YouTube featuring several people from all ages begging the company to release Plants vs Zombies 2, including Microsoft’s “Major Nelson” Larry Hryb. “It’s about time,” the video states. PopCap also offered a more concrete release date of… Read More

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EA cuts staff, shuts down PopCap Vancouver office

Electronic Arts slashed jobs at its Los Angeles and Montreal offices earlier this year, and next up on the chopping block appears to be Vancouver’s PopCap hub. EA, which owns Seattle-based PopCap, confirmed on Thursday that it was cutting its workforce, with several outlets reporting as much as 10 percent of employees laid off. The company wouldn’t specify which… Read More

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EA pulls plug on some Facebook games, doubles down on PopCap

Electronic Arts today announced that it is retiring three of its popular Facebook games, including The Sims Social, SimCity Social and Pet Society. The online gaming news site Gamasutra calls the move a surprise, but notes that some developers are making a bigger push into mobile games versus browser-based games. “After millions of people initially logged in to… Read More

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Plants vs. Zombies coming to Facebook with Plants vs. Zombies Adventures

No, the sequel to Plants vs. Zombies hasn’t arrived yet (it’s coming this summer). But in the meantime, PopCap is introducing an adaptation of the original game called Plants vs. Zombies Adventures and bringing it to Facebook. The Electronic Arts-owned studio today announced the new game, which the company is calling “a highly accessible, zombie-zapping… Read More

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PopCap Games’ Bejeweled executive producer departs

PopCap Games is losing the executive producer of its Bejeweled franchise. Giordano “Gio” Contestabile is stepping down from the EA-owned property, news that comes just a few days after EA CEO John Riccitello announced his plans to resign. He worked at PopCap for six years. Contestabile has joined Tilting Point, an independent game publisher where All… Read More

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Valve acquires two-man, San Fran-based Star Filled Studios

Bellevue-based Valve has acquired Star Filled Studios, a two-man development team founded by ex-PopCap and Blizzard employees Jeff Gates and Tod Semple. ValveTime picked up on this via Semple’s LinkedIn profile, which states that his “recent startup” was acquired by Valve and “we are opening a new office on the San Francisco peninsula.” But that… Read More