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  1. Hello, this may be old news but it strikes close to home for me because I absolutely loved PopCap, so I'm going to run you through a timeline of events leading up to PopCaps denial, the creators of such great casual games, here's a few you might recognize. These are some popular titles that PopCap had to offer. I'm sure if you've played any of these you can attest to the amount of sheer fun and hours of gameplay these contained. And then EA showed up. In summer of 2011 EA bought out PopCap for 1.3 BILLION dollars. Link to the artical on it here. http://techcrunch.com/2011/07/12/confirmed-ea-buys-popcap-games-for-750-million-plus-earn-out/ EA CEO states “PopCap’s great studio talent and powerful IP add to EA’s momentum and accelerate our drive towards a $1 billion digital business. EA’s global studio and publishing network will help PopCap rapidly expand their business to more digital devices, more countries, and more channels.” ^This right here? It's basically saying "We're willing to pay out the ASS for us to get our hands on the IP's that PopCap has to offer, and oh hoh hoh did they MILK it. Now, I don't know about any of these other games, but Plants Vs. Zombies was squeezed of it's monetary value. I'm talking Sequels, Toys, Shirts, pretty much whatever merchandise you wanted, and when I went to take my baby sister to a Chuck E. Cheese type restaurant (Safari Sam's), what did I see there? I'm laughing as I type this, but no joke, I saw one of these. Yeah, seriously. Disclaimer, this photo was taken off the internet, not an exact picture of the one I saw, but they are practically identicular. I would tell you my opinions on the actual games they made as sequels, but that would take a really long time, involve a lot of anger, and lose the "professional" side on behalf of AJSA. Short version: They suck. Plants Vs. Zombies IP slapped on = sells like hotcakes. So how did all of this turn out on PopCaps side? Badly. Very badly. In fact, people were literally being held up like puppets by Corporate Commander, with the goodness of their LIVES threatened. Don't believe me? http://goo.gl/QVC6hU http://goo.gl/p5ELOZ For those of you who didn't click on that, EA has shut down branches of PopCap in several areas. Now, for the latter, the CEO of PopCap (John Vechey) claims that EA had nothing to do with jobs in Seattle being lost. "The founders, CEO, and executives who were in charge of PopCap still are. The decision to reorganize was 100 percent made by us, with no pressure from EA," he said on the PopCap Blog. Adding, "if we didn't have EA behind us, the cuts would have been worse." Would it have been worse, John? Now, of course I'm not going to try to disprove this, because there is no way to, but think about it. Seattle jobs were lost in August of 2012. That's over a YEAR later that PopCap was bought out by EA. Would they be in this exact same position a whole year later if they never sold out? Do you think so? I sure don't, PopCap were kings at making and pumping out a fun casual game and should have spent the last 2 years doing that. If you're still not on my side, think about this. Seeing all those games up at the top of this ungodly long post (sorry about that), would you have expected PopCap in their right mind to develope a mobile only game with shit-tons of micro transactions? Say hi to the long awaited Plants Vs Zombies sequel, which is actually still being updated today! Got to keep them paying somehow, damn they know how to milk an IP.