EA Gobbles Up Pandemic Studios and BioWare
In an $860 million dollar deal struck today, Electronic Arts has acquired VG Holdings Corp., the parent company of big name game developers Pandemic Studios and BioWare. This is the largest deal in EA’s history. “This deal brings incredible talent to EA,” Frank Gibeau, president of EA Games. “It puts us in categories where EA historically has not had a strong competitive position.”
BioWare is the developer best known for Mass Effect, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, and Neverwinter Nights, while Pandemic was the developer on Mercenaries (and its sequel), both Star Wars: Battlefront games, and Destroy All Humans!
This is a huge acquisition, as Mass Effect is shaping up to be a huge franchise. Likewise, Mercenaries could conceivably turn into a so-called “GTA-killer.” It’ll be interesting to see what happens now with the Battlefront and Knights of the Old republic series, as the Star Wars rights belong to publisher LucasArts.