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.

PopCap joins the league of Chrome app developers with Bejeweled

PopCap Games, the company responsible for casual gaming phenomena such as Bejeweled, Peggle, and Plants vs. Zombies, has announced its support for the Google Chrome Web browser. The company’s first Chrome offering, simply titled “Bejeweled” — a watered-down version of the Bejeweled 3 retail experience — is now available on the Chrome web store.

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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.

Countering Zynga, PopCap Games buys ZipZapPlay

In a counter-move against Zynga, game maker PopCap Games said today that it has acquired the San Francisco-based social game developer ZipZapPlay. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

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.