EA to Acquire PopCap Games

EA announced today that it will acquire PopCap Games, the makers of Plants Vs Zombies and Peggle, for $650 million, plus $100 million in EA stock and multi-year earn-out.

Though PopCap develops games for many platforms aside from iOS, EA’s been buying up many of the big players in the iOS scene lately. First they acquired Chillingo, a popular iOS publisher, then they bought Firement, the developers of Flight Control, earlier this year.

According to the press release, both companies are happy with the coming acquisition:

‘EA and PopCap are a compelling combination,’ said EA CEO John Riccitiello. ‘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.’

‘We picked EA because they have recast their culture around making great digital games,’ said David Roberts, CEO of PopCap. ‘By working with EA, we’ll scale our games and services to deliver more social, mobile, casual fun to an even bigger, global audience.’