TAKE-TWO-AGGEDON: A list of everything EA’s bought in the last 20 years

Monday, 25th February 2008 09:54 GMT By Patrick Garratt


EA made public a serious move to buy Take-Two last night, a deal that would have been worth more than $2 billion to Take-Two shareholders. While Take-Two has rejected the offer and negotiations are now ongoing, MTV was kind enough to put together a list of the companies EA has acquired over the past 17 years. Just in case you need it, like.

  • 1991: Distinctive Software (now EA Canada); purchased for $11 million
  • 1992: Origin Systems (now defunct)
  • January 1995: Bullfrog Productions (now defunct)
  • 1996: Manley & Associates (became EA Seattle, now defunct)
  • July 1997: Maxis (folded into EA Redwood Shores)
  • 1998: Tiburon Entertainment (now EA Tiburon)
  • August 1998: Westwood Studios (now defunct); purchased for $122.5 million
  • November 1999: Kesmai (now defunct)
  • February 2000: DreamWorks Interactive (now EA Los Angeles)
  • June 2002: Black Box Games (now EA Black Box/EA Canada)
  • October 2003: Studio 33 (now EA North West)
  • February 2004: NuFx
  • August 2004: Criterion Software; purchased for a rumored 40 million pounds ($79 million)
  • July 2005: Hypnotix (now part of EA Tiburon)
  • December 2005: JAMDAT Mobile (now EA mobile); purchased for $680 million
  • June 2006: Mythic Entertainment (now EA Mythic)
  • August 2006: Phenomic (now EA Phenomic)
  • October 2006: Digital Illusions CE; approx. $24 million
  • November 2006: Headgate Studios (now EA Salt Lake)
  • January 2008: BioWare Corp./Pandemic Studios; purchased for $620 million



  1. Blerk

    More money than good games. Guffaw!

    #1 7 years ago
  2. Truk

    EA North West shut down a couple of years ago, didn’t it? And DICE, although I’m not too sure about that.

    #2 7 years ago
  3. Crowe

    “1992: Origin Systems (now defunct)”


    #3 7 years ago
  4. patlike

    Heh. Bioshock’s one of Riccitiello’s favourite games, apparently, so no such fate for 2K Boston ;)

    #4 7 years ago

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