Every Studio EA's Bought and Closed

Feature: Everything from Maxis to BioWare

Undoubtedly you've already heard about EA's unprecedented buyout bid towards Take-Two (and if you haven't, click on this 'ere link), but it's far from the first time the gaming behemoth has thrown its weight in cash about.

From Maxis to BioWare Pandemic, Electronic Arts has spent billions acquiring studios over the last twenty years and, worryingly for Mass Effect fans, it's closed quite a few of them as well.

But it's thankfully looking up where the publisher's studio-swallowing habits are concerned, with CEO John Riccitiello recently admitting that the company "blew it" when it decided to absorb (and later close) stellar PC developers Bullfrog and Westwood.

Fortunately, the boss promises the same fate won't become of recently acquired BioWare and Pandemic, who he says EA is doing its best to preserve the company culture. "It seems to be working," Riccitiello added. "I think we are on a good track."

For your reference (and bedazzlement) here's the full list of EA's past acquisitions, care of our mate Wikipedia:

Studios Opened or Acquired

  • 1998: EA Tiburon in Maitland, Florida
  • 1999: EA Canada in Burnaby, British Columbia
  • 2000: EA Los Angeles in Los Angeles, California
  • 2002: EA Black Box in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 2004: Criterion Software in Guildford, United Kingdom
  • 2004: Digital Illusions CE in Stockholm, Sweden
  • 2004: EA China in Shanghai, China
  • 2004: EA Montreal in Montreal, Quebec
  • 2005: EA Mobile
  • 2005: EA Redwood Shores in Redwood City, California
  • 2005: EA Singapore
  • 2006: EA Mobile India, Hyderabad, India
  • 2006: EA Mythic in Fairfax, Virginia
  • 2006: EA Phenomic in Ingelheim, Germany
  • 2006: EA Salt Lake in Bountiful, Utah (Formerly Headgate Studios)
  • 2007: EA Casual Entertainment
  • 2007: EIS (European Integration Studio) in Madrid, Spain
  • 2007: BioWare Corp. in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada and Austin, Texas
  • 2007: Pandemic Studios in Los Angeles, California and Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
  • 2007: EA UK, relocated to Guildford from Chertsey
  • 2008: EA Korea in Seoul, South Korea
  • 2008: EA Studio in Bucharest, Romania

Studios Closed

  • 1998: Original HQ in San Mateo, California - moved to Redwood City
  • 2000: EA Baltimore in Baltimore, Maryland - established in 1996 as part of Origin
  • 2001: Kesmai (known also as GameStorm); acquired in 1999
  • 2001: Bullfrog Productions in Surrey, England - acquired in 1995
  • 2002: EA Seattle in Seattle, Washington - formerly Manley & Associates, acquired in 1996
  • 2003: Westwood Studios in Las Vegas, Nevada - acquired in 1998
  • 2003: EA Pacific (known for a time as Westwood Pacific) in Irvine, California - formerly part of Virgin Interactive, acquired with Westwood in 1998
  • 2004: Origin Systems in Austin, Texas - acquired in 1992
  • 2004: Maxis in Walnut Creek, California - acquired in 1997, moved to Redwood City
  • 2006: DICE Canada in London, Ontario (created Battlefield 2: Special Forces expansion, Battlefield Vietnam, and all BF2 patches). Acquired DICE fully October 2, 2006; closed DICE Canada studio hours later.
  • 2007: EA Japan in Tokyo, Japan - closed due to consolidation; moved under EA Partners model
  • 2007: EA UK in Chertsey, United Kingdom, relocated to Guildford
  • 2007: EA Chicago in Chicago, Illinois. Closed due to failure to meet profit targets.