Bejeweled maker PopCap bets on Facebook casino-game gold rush

Ever since the Justice Department opened the door to the legalization of online gambling, the leading creators of social games are feeling increasingly lucky. PopCap Games just launched Lucky Gem Casino with a collection of seven slot machines themed after its brands such as Bejeweled and Zuma. It marks the entry of the Electronic Arts subsidiary into the increasingly active casino game market.

EA Buys PopCap, PopCap Swims in Money

EA is no stranger to buying companies whose acquisition may be a benefit in the long run. In the last ten years they’ve managed to purchase no less than 21 different developers; ranging from small mobile teams to well established franchise carrying companies. EA has bought more companies in the last decade than you’ve probably bought pants. You can add another notch to the belt now that EA recently announced they are buying PopCap for a whopping $750 million. 

Electronic Arts buys PopCap for $750M

Supergiant video game publisher Electronic Arts has acquired casual game maker PopCap for $650 million in cash and $100 million in stock. The deal includes a multi-year earn out bonus, but there were no details released about it.

Will zombie and jewel games take PopCap to an IPO?

PopCap Games has been a consistent winner when it comes to making great games for casual audiences, or those who don’t consider themselves to be hardcore gamers. From Bejeweled to Plants vs Zombies, PopCap’s games are light-hearted and cartoonish, but they can be just as addictive as hardcore console titles. The difference is that they are lightweight snacks.

PopCap Games forms a new label to experiment with games

PopCap Games has had no shortage of creativity over the years — its huge casual game hits include Bejeweled and Plants vs Zombies. The company generated more than $100 million in revenues last year, and its games have been downloaded 1.5 billion times. But the Seattle-based game developer had now created a new label called 4th & Battery to experiment with new kinds of games.

PopCap's John Vechey: the iPad shines with three-handed gaming (video)

I enjoyed a lovely week off last week without a phone or a computer. But I did have my iPad, and I shared it with the kids. As I watched them, I realized that the 9.7-inch screen, which can detect 11 finger touches at the same time, is great for multiple players using the same iPad to play a game. Call it three-handed gaming. One of the games we played together was PopCap Games’ iPad version of Plants vs. Zombies, which has been huge hit.

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With the Rise in casual games there is one name that stands above all with quality over quantity.  Of course my title gave this away as I talk about or to PopCap Games depending who is reading this.  Now many of you have been playing Peggle or Plants VS Zombies, but there is more to them then just that.For me I got hooked on a little green guy called Bookworm.  I played this while I was stationed in Italy during many mid watches in the tower to stay awake.  I fought through the cold, Italian controllers snoring and radio’s going off.  So back then it was all about the laptop and just the dial-up service I got to play the first version of Bookworm. Over the years PopCap expanded its library with a line of bejeweled games that rose to the occasion for the casual gamer.  Among other games one thing was certain they didn’t leave anyone out in the cold as all the games were simple and addicting.  With saying this I grew further away from PC gaming and back into console/ handheld games. Recently PopCap has showed interest in console gaming with publishing & developing a line of games.  If you don’t know them maybe you forgot about Zuma, Feeding Frenzy & Peggle.  As well with the handheld market with Peggle that has both the original & Peggle nights for the Nintendo DS. Now I may be wrong, but nothing really has come out for Sony Playstation 3.  We have all ready talk about PopCap being on the PC, Xbox 360 & DS, but can’t really find a new PopCap game on the PS3 or PSP.  Maybe all the development costs play a role in this, but I just hope they listen and see PS3 users want to play there games as well.I am speaking for myself, but since Bookworm Adventures 2 just release on the PC.  Maybe PopCap will hear this and work to make a game for the PS3.  Not just bejewled twist, but maybe this new Bookworm Adventure or Escape from Rosecliff isle.