Video game-maker Electronic Arts has purchased VG Holdings, owner of video game makers Pandemic Studios and BioWare for $860 million, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Elevation Partners, a Silicon Valley private equity firm had invested $300 million in VG Holdings in 2005; this is its first deal.

Notably, founding Elevation Partners partner John Riccitiello is currently chief executive of EA and was previously chief executive of VG Holdings — and before co-founding Elevation, he was chief executive at EA. He recused himself from negotiating and voting on the terms of the deal, according to the Journal.



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