->''"Challenge everything."''

'''Electronic Arts''' ('''EA''') is the second oldest independent video game publisher in existence (since the demise of Creator/{{Acclaim}}). Beginning life in 1982 as the brainchild of electronics entrepreneur and corporate raider Trip Hawkins, the company first made its name publishing titles for the home computer market on machines like the UsefulNotes/{{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 UsefulNotes/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, [[VideoGame/PinballConstructionSet sending them to network television interviews and nationwide press junkets.]] They also did various non-videogame projects during the era, including the animation in the title sequence of the British gameshow ''Series/CatchPhrase'' for its' first few years.

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 UsefulNotes/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]], [[UsefulNotes/AssociationFootball 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}}''), Creator/OriginSystems (''VideoGame/StrikeCommander'', ''VideoGame/{{Ultima}}'', ''VideoGame/WingCommander'', ''VideoGame/WingCommanderPrivateer''), Creator/WestwoodStudios (''[[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 UsefulNotes/RegionCoding. Many games published by EA for the UsefulNotes/{{Xbox 360}} are region coded, as are some of their games for the UsefulNotes/PlayStationPortable. They have even announced their intention to region code the UsefulNotes/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.

On EA Play 2016, Electronic Arts announced the EA Originals program, giving support to independent developers and helping to publish their games.

In November 2017, the company's community ''Reddit'' page was consistently downvoted, especially when discussing complaints about the ''VideoGame/StarWarsBattlefrontII2017'' character system. One such post has well over 500,000 downvotes.
!! EA Subsidiaries

* Creator/BioWare
** [=BioWare=] Edmonton
** [=BioWare=] Austin
** [=BioWare=] Montreal (absorbed by Motive Studios)
* Creator/CriterionGames
* [[Creator/{{DICE}} EA Digital Illusions CE]] (formerly Digital Illusions Creative Entertainment, DICE)
** [[Creator/DreamWorksInteractive DICE Los Angeles]] (formerly [=DreamWorks=] Interactive L.L.C., later EA Los Angeles, and lastly Danger Close Games)
* Ghost Games (formerly EA Gothenburg)
* The Sims Studios
* Motive Studios
* Creator/PopCapGames

!!! Defunct Studios

* Creator/BullfrogProductions
* Mythic Entertainment
* Origin Systems
* Pandemic Studios
* Creator/WestwoodStudios
* EA Maxis
* Visceral Games (formerly EA Redwood Shores)

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

!! EA Sports properties:

* ''VideoGame/FIFASoccer''
* ''VideoGame/MaddenNFL''
* ''[[UsefulNotes/NationalBasketballAssociation NBA]] Live''
* ''VideoGame/NHLHockey''
* ''VideoGame/{{Skate}}''
* ''VideoGame/EASportsStreet''
* ''VideoGame/{{SSX}}''
* ''Rory [=McIlroy=] PGA Tour'' (formerly ''Tiger Woods PGA Tour'')
* The ''Fight Night'' boxing series
* ''EA MMA'' and ''EA Sports UFC''
* ''Disney Golf'' (with ''Creator/{{Disney}}'' characters)

!! EA Games properties:
* ''VideoGame/ArmyOfTwo''
* ''[[VideoGame/BlackAndWhite Black and White]]''
* ''Franchise/DeadSpace''
* ''Franchise/DragonAge''
* [[VideoGame/HarryPotter Official games]] based on the ''Film/HarryPotter'' movies.
* ''VideoGame/HenryHatsworthInThePuzzlingAdventure''
* Official games based on the {{Creator/Hasbro}} properties (see ''Franchise/LittlestPetShop'' below).
* Official games based on the ''Franchise/LittlestPetShop'' toy line for girls.
* Official games based on the Creator/PeterJackson ''[[Film/TheLordOfTheRings Lord of the Rings]]'' movies.
* ''VideoGame/MarvelNemesisRiseOfTheImperfects''
* ''Franchise/MassEffect''
* ''VideoGame/MedalOfHonor''
** ''VideoGame/MedalOfHonorAlliedAssault''
** ''VideoGame/MedalOfHonorRisingSun''
** ''VideoGame/MedalOfHonorPacificAssault''
** ''VideoGame/MedalOfHonorVanguard''
** ''VideoGame/MedalOfHonorAirborne''
** ''VideoGame/MedalOfHonor2010''
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Minions}} Paradise''
* ''VideoGame/MirrorsEdge''
** ''VideoGame/MirrorsEdgeCatalyst''
* ''VideoGame/NBAJam''
* ''Need for Speed'' (see above)
* ''VideoGame/NFLBlitz''
* ''VideoGame/TheSaboteur''
* ''VideoGame/TheSims''
* Official games based on ''Franchise/TheSimpsons''.
** ''VideoGame/TheSimpsonsGame''
** ''VideoGame/TheSimpsonsTappedOut''
* ''VideoGame/{{Spore}}''
* [[/index]]As of May 6, 2013, official games based on the ''Franchise/StarWars'' franchise.[[note]]although EA published ''The Old Republic'' prior to the acquisition of the license[[/note]][[index]]
** ''VideoGame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic''
** ''VideoGame/StarWarsBattlefront2015''
** ''VideoGame/StarWarsBattlefrontII2017''
** ''[[VideoGame/{{Ragtag}} Project: Ragtag]]''[[note]]After Visceral Games was closed in late October 2017, ''Ragtag'' was cancelled and may be retooled.[[/note]]

!!! Properties acquired through buyouts:

* ''VideoGame/{{Battlefield}}''
* ''VideoGame/{{Bejeweled}}''
* ''VideoGame/{{Burnout}}''
** ''VideoGame/BurnoutParadise''
* ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquer''
* ''VideoGame/DungeonKeeper''
* ''VideoGame/PetSociety''
* ''VideoGame/PlantsVsZombies'' (Google Play)
** ''VideoGame/PlantsVsZombies2ItsAboutTime''
** ''VideoGame/PlantsVsZombiesGardenWarfare''
** ''VideoGame/PlantsVsZombiesHeroes''
* ''VideoGame/{{Populous}}''
* ''VideoGame/SimCity''
** ''VideoGame/SimCity2013''
* ''VideoGame/StrikeCommander''
* ''VideoGame/SuperheroCity''
* ''VideoGame/ThemeHospital''
* ''VideoGame/ThemePark''
* ''VideoGame/{{Ultima}}''
* ''VideoGame/WingCommander''
** ''VideoGame/WingCommanderTheKilrathiSaga''
** ''VideoGame/WingCommanderIVThePriceOfFreedom''
** ''VideoGame/WingCommanderPrivateer''

!! Published-only properties:

* ''VideoGame/AmericanMcGeesAlice''
** ''VideoGame/AliceMadnessReturns''
* ''VideoGame/BrutalLegend''
* ''VideoGame/{{Bulletstorm}}''
* ''Charm Girls Club'' (except for ''My Perfect Prom'' which is published by ''Creator/GriptoniteGames'')
* ''VideoGame/{{Crysis}}''
* ''VideoGame/DeathSpank''
* ''VideoGame/{{Fuse}}''
* ''VideoGame/GatlingGears''
* ''VideoGame/{{Hellgate London}}'' (in most parts of the world)
* ''VideoGame/RockBand'' (until ''Rock Band 3'')
* ''VideoGame/ShadowsOfTheDamned''
* ''VideoGame/{{Shank}}''
* ''VideoGame/{{Syndicate}}''
* ''VideoGame/{{Titanfall}}''
** ''VideoGame/Titanfall2''
* ''VideoGame/TyTheTasmanianTiger'' (console only)

!!! EA Originals
* ''VideoGame/AWayOut''