EA picks up Bioware for close to a billion

by Warren Frey

Games giant Electronic Arts, which maintains two facilities in Vancouver, announced they will acquire Edmonton-based Bioware, along with fellow studio Pandemic, to the tune of $860 million. Bioware's pedigree includes hit titles such as Neverwinter Nights, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, and the hotly anticipated Mass Effect.  But the buzz at GigaOm, tech journalist Om Malik's site, indicates EA may have snapped up Bioware less for its established titles and more for upcoming Wii and Nintendo DS titles. Time will tell, and it remains to be seen if the purchase means a move for Bioware or any repercussions for staff at EA Vancouver.

BioWare Corp.
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

BioWare Corp. is an electronic entertainment company that develops computer and console games. Our published projects include: Shattered Steel, the genre-defining Baldur’s Gate role playing game series, MDK2 for Dreamcast and PC, and MDK2: Armageddon for Playstation2. Recently, BioWare released Baldur’s Gate: Throne of Bhaal, the massive expansion pack to Baldur’s Gate II Shadows of Amn.... more

Electronic Arts
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Want to be part of the Next Generation of games development? EA is the leading developer for next gen games and looking for passionate gamers who want to be a part of this exciting time. EA Canada currently has dozens of games in production and aside from some of the most profitable game titles like FIFA, NBA Street, NHL and Need for Speed, we are also developing some home-grown next gen New IP... more

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Warren Frey

Warren Frey

Warren Frey is a writer, editor, blogger and podcaster based out of Vancouver, BC. After working for six years in the Canadian broadcasting industry, he switched to print and has since covered varied assignments from plumbing conferences to star-studded film galas. But he’s never lost his love for the internet and interactive media, from his teens when he dived into the WELL on his “Woz”... more

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