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Electronic Arts Up For Sale? 196

John Wagger writes "One of the world's largest gaming publishers and developers Electronic Arts has quietly put itself up for sale. While there have already been talks with private equity companies, the talks have not resulted in anything concrete. One of the sources is saying that EA would do the deal for $20 per share (currently at $14.02). Over the past year, EA's stock price has fallen 37 percent. Like other major game publishers, EA has been struggling against growing trend of social and mobile gaming."
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Electronic Arts Up For Sale?

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Saturday August 18, 2012 @02:04PM (#41037765)

    It's got to be someone with the same sets of goals, primarily being evil. There are only a few companies I can think of that are evil enough to possibly buy EA.

    First off, in the games arena, there's already Zynga. A ZyngEA merger would create the ultimate evil games company.

    Next up, in media, would probably be ComcastNBCUniversal. They've got wide coverage in the world of entertainment, and would definitely have some evil synergy with EA. ComcastNBCUniversalEA would also provide 30 Rock with some new material.

    Finally, if mobile is where they see themselves lacking, why not AT&T? They're regularly hated by their customers, yet manage to prevent most of them from leaving. EA could definitely benefit from this sort of customer lock-in. EAT&T could really screw with quite a few customers. Dropped calls could become a new game, for example.

  • by Quiet_Desperation ( 858215 ) on Saturday August 18, 2012 @02:42PM (#41038105)

    [Blue] Control. You get $14 dollars a share and YOU WILL LIKE IT!
    [Red] Destruction. Go bankrupt.
    [Green] Anti-synthesis. Split apart, releasing all the developers you gobbled up back to their formerly creative ways.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Saturday August 18, 2012 @02:43PM (#41038117)

    Consuming is 100% the proper verb; after all, what comes out of that process is complete and utter shit.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Saturday August 18, 2012 @03:09PM (#41038349)

    Ah the touching and often unheard story of King Sadim.

    After granting King Midas's wish, Dionysus turned to Sadim and asked what he would like the ability to transmute items too.

    It was just then that Sadim stepped into a very large pile of satyr dung and shouted out the most regretful words, "Ahhh, shit!"

    I did not know he had found work at EA.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Saturday August 18, 2012 @03:16PM (#41038415)

    [Shoot the boy] Nothing happens; EA may or may not be bought out in the next cycle.

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