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.