• EA Buys PopCap Games For $750 Million Plus Earnout

    As we initially reported a few weeks ago, EA has acquired PopCap Games. The acquisition price is $650 million plus $100 million stock and multi-year earn-out.
    PopCap Games is the company behind such hits as Plants vs Zombies, Zuma and Bejeweled. PopCap games have been installed 150 million times worldwide.

    Last year, approximately 80% of PopCap’s revenue was on digital platforms.
    EA CEO John Riccitiello said in a release: “PopCap’s great studio talent and powerful IP add to EA’s momentum and accelerate our drive towards a $1 billion digital business. EA’s global studio and publishing network will help PopCap rapidly expand their business to more digital devices, more countries, and more channels.”

    In terms of the earnout structure, PopCap sellers are entitled to additional cash bonus upon the achievement of certain non-GAAP earnings before interest and tax through December 2013. If the two-year cumulative earnings are $91 million or less, PopCap sellers won’t receive anything. If the earnings are $110 million, sellers will receive a total of $100 million. With $200 million in earnings, sellers get $275 million. And if earnings come in at $343 million or more, sellers get a whopping $550 million in earnout, making the total acquisition price $1.3 billion.
    Comments 3 Comments
    1. mr. nails's Avatar
      mr. nails -
      horrible merger. and i wanted my PvZ to get an update on steam. that shit ain't never gonna happen now.
    1. duke0102's Avatar
      duke0102 -
      PvZ and Peggle are the only games I like out of Popcap. Seems a huge amount of money for something EA could just do themselves
    1. devilkin's Avatar
      devilkin -
      Next step, lay off half of the old Pop cap staffs to cut costs!Classic EA move!