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'''Electronic Arts''' ('''EA''') is the second oldest independent video game publisher in existence (since the demise of Creator/{{Acclaim}}). Beginning life in 1982, the company first made its name publishing titles for the home computer market on machines like the {{Commodore 64}} and UsefulNotes/AppleII rather than attempting to follow Creator/{{Activision}} into the home console market. As a result of this, they largely avoided becoming embroiled in TheGreatVideoGameCrashOf1983 that killed off many of their rivals. In their early days, they justified their name by attempting to treat computer games as art, and the authors as artists in their own right.

The modern company is divided into two main domains: '''[[CashCowFranchise EA Sports]]''' and '''[[AndZoidberg EA Games]]'''. The company's first modern-day big break was the SegaGenesis release of ''VideoGame/MaddenNFL'', one of the first [[UsefulNotes/AmericanFootball football]] games to represent the game to a reasonably accurate degree (true to their {{tagline}}, "If it's in the [real] game, it's in the [video] game") that was also fun to play. Their sports games would eventually expand to become their most profitable line after signing licenses with the [[UsefulNotes/IceHockey N]][[UsefulNote/NationalHockeyLeague H]][[VideoGame/NHLHockey L]], [[UsefulNotes/{{Basketball}} N]][[UsefulNote/NationalBasketballAssociation BA]], [[UsefulNotes/{{Golf}} PGA]], [[TheBeautifulGame FI]][[VideoGame/FIFASoccer FA]] and others, and a new title for each sporting organization comes out every year like clockwork.

The "Games" half of the company has also grown over the years, acquiring many other smaller companies and their intellectual properties: Maxis (''VideoGame/SimCity'', ''VideoGame/TheSims'', ''VideoGame/{{Spore}}''), Origin Systems (''VideoGame/StrikeCommander'', ''Franchise/{{Ultima}}'', ''VideoGame/WingCommander''), Westwood Studios (''[[VideoGame/CommandAndConquer Command & Conquer]]''), Creator/BullfrogProductions (''VideoGame/{{Populous}}'', ''VideoGame/DungeonKeeper'', ''VideoGame/{{Syndicate}}''), Pandemic Studios (''[[VideoGame/StarWarsBattlefront Star Wars: Battlefront]]''), Creator/BioWare (''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'', ''VideoGame/NeverwinterNights'', ''Franchise/MassEffect'', ''Franchise/DragonAge'') and Creator/PopCap (''VideoGame/{{Bejeweled}}'', ''VideoGame/PlantsVsZombies''). Occasionally EA even publish their own unique games, such as ''VideoGame/MirrorsEdge''.

A lesser-known, third division of the company is called '''EA Partners''', which handles publishing duties in the West for many games developed by Japanese publishers that lack a publishing presence outside Japan, as well as offering publishing and distributing channels for smaller Western developers that wouldn't normally have access to those channels by themselves. The most prominent of those was a short-lived partnership with Creator/{{Square|Enix}}soft in the days before their merging with Enix. Today, EA Partners is the publisher of a number of titles from smaller developers, including the ''VideoGame/RockBand'' series, the ''VideoGame/{{Crysis}}'' series, the ''VideoGame/{{Shank}}'' games and, surprisingly, being the retail distributor of games developed by Creator/{{Valve|Software}}.

EA is notable for loving RegionCoding. Many games published by EA for the {{Xbox 360}} are region coded, as are some of their games for the PlayStationPortable. They have even announced their intention to region code the PlayStation3 version of ''VideoGame/ArmyOfTwo'', but fortunately stepped down when numerous angry fans threatened to boycott the game. Unfortunately, online play remains region segregated, and the Xbox 360 version of the game remains region locked. EA is also notable for winning Consumer Media LLC's[[note]]the same guys who publish ''Consumer Report''[[/note]] "worst company of America award" for 2012 and 2013, though [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgement we'll leave the discussion of why they deserve it to another article.]]

On May 6, 2013, about a month after Creator/LucasArts' closing, it was announced that EA Games and its subsidiaries, DICE, Visceral Games, and [=BioWare=] (which previously worked on both ''Franchise/StarWars: Knights of the Old Republic'', and ''VideoGame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic'') will be taking over duties for creating ''Star Wars'' video games.

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!!Early Electronic Arts games:
* ''VideoGame/{{Archon}}''
* ''VideoGame/TheBardsTaleTrilogy''
* ''VideoGame/LHXAttackChopper''
* ''VideoGame/{{MULE}}''
* ''VideoGame/NeedForSpeed'' ([[VideoGameLongRunners their oldest non-sports series still in production]])
** ''VideoGame/NeedForSpeedMostWanted''
* ''VideoGame/PinballConstructionSet''
* ''VideoGame/ProjectFirestart''
* ''The Seven Cities of Gold''
* ''VideoGame/SidMeiersSimGolf''
* ''VideoGame/{{Starflight}}''
* ''VideoGame/StrikeSeries''
** ''VideoGame/DesertStrike''
* ''[[UltimateShowdownOfUltimateDestiny One on One: Dr. J vs. Larry Bird]]''
* ''VideoGame/RoadRash''

!!Properties acquired through buyouts:
* ''VideoGame/{{Battlefield}}''
* ''VideoGame/{{Bejeweled}}''
* ''VideoGame/{{Burnout}}''
* ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquer''
* ''VideoGame/DungeonKeeper''
* ''VideoGame/PetSociety''
* ''VideoGame/{{Populous}}''
* ''VideoGame/SimCity''
* ''VideoGame/StrikeCommander''
* ''VideoGame/SuperheroCity''
* ''VideoGame/{{Syndicate}}''
* ''VideoGame/ThemeHospital''
* ''VideoGame/ThemePark''
* ''Franchise/{{Ultima}}''
* ''VideoGame/WingCommander''

!!Major sports properties:
* ''VideoGame/FIFASoccer''
* ''VideoGame/MaddenNFL''
* ''[[UsefulNotes/NationalBasketballAssociation NBA]] Live''
* ''VideoGame/NHLHockey''
* ''VideoGame/{{Skate}}''
* ''EASportsStreet''
* ''VideoGame/{{SSX}}''
* ''PGA Tour'' (formerly ''Tiger Woods PGA Tour'')
* The ''Fight Night'' boxing series
* ''EA MMA'' and ''EA Sports UFC''

!!Modern era properties:
* ''VideoGame/ArmyOfTwo''
* ''[[VideoGame/BlackAndWhite Black and White]]''
* ''VideoGame/BrutalLegend'' (published only)
* ''VideoGame/{{Bulletstorm}}'' (published only)
* ''Franchise/DeadSpace''
* ''Franchise/DragonAge''
* ''VideoGame/GatlingGears'' (published only)
* [[VideoGame/HarryPotter Official games]] based on the ''Film/HarryPotter'' movies.
* ''VideoGame/HellgateLondon'' (published only)
* ''HenryHatsworthInThePuzzlingAdventure''
* Official games based on the Creator/PeterJackson ''[[Film/TheLordOfTheRings Lord of the Rings]]'' movies.
* ''Franchise/MassEffect''
* ''VideoGame/MirrorsEdge''
* ''VideoGame/NBAJam''
* ''VideoGame/NFLBlitz''
* ''VideoGame/RockBand'' (published only, until ''Rock Band 3'')
* ''VideoGame/TheSims''
* Official games based on ''Franchise/TheSimpsons''.
* ''{{Spore}}''
* As of May 6, 2013, official games based on the ''Franchise/StarWars'' franchise.
** Even before the above, ''VideoGame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic''
* ''VideoGame/{{Titanfall}}'' (published only)
* ''VideoGame/TyTheTasmanianTiger''
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