EA acquires ThreeSF

Megapublisher snaps up Shawn Fanning's online community for gamers.

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It might still be wrestling with its potential takeover of Take-Two, but that hasn't stopped Electronic Arts from splashing out elsewhere.

In a short statement released this week, the company announced that it had purchased ThreeSF, parent company of Rupture. Financial terms of the takeover were not disclosed, although the LA Times has stated that "a person familiar with the deal" had priced it at some $30 million. According to EA, more information about its plans for ThreeSF will be available in the next few weeks.

Rupture is the brainchild of Shawn Fanning, famous for building Napster, one of the first and most popular peer-to-peer file-sharing programs. Fanning decided to set up Rupture, described as a virtual social community for online gamers, after he ran into problems communicating with other players in World of Warcraft.

According to the Web site, Rupture now supports not only his original choice of WOW, but also Halo 3, Team Fortress 2, Madden NFL 08, and Guitar Hero III.

Discussion

81 comments
joshuakage
joshuakage

ea is awsome with me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

user5689
user5689

Bioware is either EA's redemption, or EA is Biowares doom...

war_gears
war_gears

EA have terrible servers coz i tried to play army of two online i couldnt even take a single step without it lagging for a minute

dennis8
dennis8

EA shud stop thinking about the the money and start thinking about the quality of the games...

generalvonngene
generalvonngene

THERE'S STILL BATTLEFIELD 3, HALF LIFE 2 (CUZ VALVE HAD A FEUD WITH SIERRA) TO SAVE EA AND LOTR CONQUEST, DRAGON AGE, SABOTEUR AND MANY UPCOMING TITLES TO BRING THE STOCK PRICE AND THE $$$ SKY HIGH...

sphinx-shadow
sphinx-shadow

Smart move for EA they know what there doing.

mylsd
mylsd

damn that Shawn Fanning is one smart, rich mofo

ctg867
ctg867

In other news, the sun rose today.

NA3D
NA3D

Slansing, GMC makes the Hummer, not Ford. Either way, I own a Toyota because gas cost too much to buy an American brand. (Even though Ford is moving to other countries to build cars because it is cheaper, and Toyota and Honda are moving to America because they buy cars for high prices.) EA does drop in stock price this time of year every year, but for the past 3 years EA hasn't dropped nearly this much. The last crappy thing I gave money to was Wii Play, but the Wii Mote and few mini games I enjoyed from it are worth it. EA games though... I think 2005 was the last year I paid for an unused game of theirs. You don't have to stop buying games from EA, just not in a way EA will get money from it. If you get a used game from EB, GameStop, a friend, Ebay, or other sources... Then EA doesn't profit. After talking to so many and befriending people who have worked for EA. I dont feel bad for them. The people who lose their jobs typically end up in much better situations. May it be a lead Artist in Insomniac, a Art Director for Take Two, a Lead Programmer from Sony Entertainment, or many other positions and people who are in better places and now much happier. Layoffs for these guys do NOT mean the end of the world. Some of them can create their own studios as well. EA is the woe of the gaming world. Once a smaller studio does something great or is even getting started EA is swooping in. At the same time, these SELL OUTS are at fault just as much as EA, but since they are now parts of EA. The blame still only goes to EA. So I guess in the end, dont stop buying EA games, just quit buying unused EA games. You know you can find the game at EB, GameSpot, Ebay, or elsewhere for cheaper. Someone already gave EA the money for those games. So while it might result in someone buying a new one because there are no more used ones, at least we will ensure that that is the case.

anarchy69yoda
anarchy69yoda

ea's headin for the dumps. but this was interesting

peeweeshift
peeweeshift

No room for small developers...too bad. EA still has some nice titles but they are budget types of games. Everyone who expects more and buying for full price is at fault.

AncientDozer
AncientDozer

Well said, Slansing. Well said. I agree! Stop blaming EA for all the woes of the (gaming) world.

Slansing
Slansing

If you don't like a game, don't buy it - and tell your uninformed friends not to buy it. The problem isn't necessarily EA, it's the fact that people are spending money on games that don't deserve it. This is why there aren't good Wii games, it's not cost effective to make a good one when a crappy one with good marketting will sell just as well. Don't boycott a brand since the brand can still have decent stuff, boycott bad games in general. Don't boycott ford because they sell Hummers, buy a hybrid ford escape and Ford will get the picture. Ford closed it's SUV plants in the US, EA closed it's Chicago studio. If it doesn't make money, it will get shut down - so stop giving crappy things money... (That said, please don't forget to be sympethetic for those who lost / are losing jobs) Not that the original poster will ever read it, but the 4 year low of EA stock is (likely) the same as every other company. In 2005-2006 large investments were made to make the jump to next gen platforms. That jump has been made and stocks will only go up. Even in our current recession, game companies will not likely be hit - look at game stocks with the tech bubble bursting or Sept 11th.

PandaBear86
PandaBear86

okassar, if we boycott EA games, then we can help them lose market share to proper games developers. EA is a joke.

okassar
okassar

Well hears one tiny little problem with the proposal of "I hope EA goes out of business" because if they're behind Madden and so many games and are still making so much money and are monopolizing the damn industry,how the **** are they going to go out of business.

barJerubsheol
barJerubsheol

klugenbeel and NA3D, Well said. I've never heard of this site before, but I agree with both of you. I'm just sorry for anybody that does use the site. My only blog is about EA. I love to see their stock fall. jedimstr, Haha, heck yeah. Dreamcast 2 would be freakin sweet. P.S. If any one is super worried about EA taking over everything and lowering competition and therefore quality, and have a bunch of money to throw around, see if you can buy some Take-Two stock. If you have it, EA would have to try to buy it from you.

PandaBear86
PandaBear86

And don't forget Mass Effect: Shopping Adventures! :P

KLONE360
KLONE360

i hope ea never goes out of bussiness because when EA goes whats going to stop all the other companies from going under

jeremiah06
jeremiah06

@klugenbeel and PandaBear86 Mass Effect: Boom Blox extreme 09

klugenbeel
klugenbeel

PandaBear86, Don't forget Mass Effect: Bikini Beach House party!

jeremiah06
jeremiah06

the more i hear about EA in the news the more i dislike them Im just happy all my favorite games are Japanese so i don't have to worry about EA trying to buy out Level 5 or Konami

PandaBear86
PandaBear86

There really should be some anti-monopoly government bodies to regulate how many acquisitions a massive gaming company can make. If EA is going to continuously buy new companies on a weekly basis, then things are going to get out of hand due to lack of competition and other monopolistic practises. I was really angry when EA bought BioWare, and to know that EA is only getting bigger is making me hate them even more. I can't wait for Mass Effect 2008, Mass Effect 2009, Mass Effect 2010, and Mass Effect Kitchen Party.

NA3D
NA3D

Bioware employees will most likely continue to get most of the Mass Effect profits. It just depends on the contract they signed. I am sure EA is more interested in Mass Effect 2. I still wanted more dynamic interaction for the conversations, KOTOR had more... and deeper and longer gameplay. That is just my opinion on Mass Effect. Great game though, definitely worth the money. EA is worth $15.5 billion... So it will take a bit to dent them, but it is far from impossible, especially if consumers support smaller studios. Running a good business is about money, but a good business makes it's own money. Maybe buying out a company here and there for titles they want, but not trying to buy out 3 companies in 6 months. Now that is trying to live off of buying other companies, and bad business ethic. They need to focus on their own titles before obtaining new ones from other companies. Now if all of the sports games were striving for greatness instead of minor improvements and a roster update. Then I would be half way more behind you with the people supporting EA.

klugenbeel
klugenbeel

To fix a comment i made.....i said, "Eve online doesn't make nearly the amount of money say World of WarCraft bring in, because your talking about a game with 1-2 mill in customers (if that, that number is just a guess) compared to the 10 mill in customers Blizzard has playing World of WarCraft." As of 31 December 2007, Eve Online has 220,000 active subscriptions and 45,000 active trial accounts. -Taken from Wikipedia.org

Azwethinkweiz89
Azwethinkweiz89

@klugenbeel You got me there. I'm just annoy by people who hate on EA for what others compaines do. People will still buy EA games, I will (for Bioware games). As in people will buy PCs with Vista insall.

klugenbeel
klugenbeel

ag1002, All depends on how many customer they get. Eve online doesn't make nearly the amount of money say World of WarCraft bring in, because your talking about a game with 1-2 mill in customers (if that, that number is just a guess) compared to the 10 mill in customers Blizzard has playing World of WarCraft. If WarHammer online tanks and doesn't even get enough customers to break even, it could be disasterous being that the game has been in production for years now and then to flop, that would hurt EA, how hard, not sure. They are worth billion of dollars so it would have to be a really hard hit to dent EA, but it is possible.

ObiKKa
ObiKKa

klugenbeel and NA3D's posts are very important to read, when you consider what I'm going to say... It still might be beneficial for Bioware if we gladly buy their good RPGs like the PC port of Mass Effect as soon as possible in order to support them, coz even their latest game Mass Effect is so polished & finely honed, especially in the form of the PC port, due to the lovely changes of the GUI, and so on. Great, polished RPGs are very expensive to create, you know...

ag1002
ag1002

What % profit will EA make off of Warhammer Online? Just curious.

klugenbeel
klugenbeel

Azwethinkweiz89, Somebody never tooka business class in college. You are half right, it is about making money, another aspect of business is calling being socially responsable. When your goal is to make money and not care what kind of crap you release, thats failing business ethics. Business Ethics, read about it sometime. Your suppose to make money by selling and offering QUALITY products and services, where is the Quality in EA, they got rid of that years ago and just focused on the money and marketing. People dog on Microsoft all the time, but gues what, Microsoft still makes quality products (sometimes buggy at first, but they fix that for you, and do it free too - thats taking care of the customer even then they get a little flakey).

jedimastr
jedimastr

its time to bring sega dreamcast 2 to the table...

Azwethinkweiz89
Azwethinkweiz89

Can't believe that there so many cry babies out there. It's all about making money. That's the main idea of every company.

killzone_gamer
killzone_gamer

Eventually there will be Sony, Microsoft, Nintendo and EA :P

DarqFlare
DarqFlare

MGS buying EA would be hilarious...

ThisIsntLeonard
ThisIsntLeonard

Let's see, unless EA buys SCEA, Naughty Dog, Take-Two, Rockstar, or 2kSports, I'll be good. I can deal with NHL 2k8 over NHL 08. So what it's a little worse. I'll do what it takes to bring down EA.

kos1085
kos1085

And the EA empire just keeps growing.

PhantomPlayers
PhantomPlayers

And out of nowhere, Microsoft Game Studios has acquired EA in a hostile takeover! LOL

NA3D
NA3D

First of EA USED to be the best when Trip Hawkins ran the company. Now that it is ran by a bunch of greedy idiots, it isn't even focusing on games. If you would release 100 games a year, I am sure you could come out with more games that rank higher than what EA does, even if you are mentally challenged. (My cousin is mentally challenged, and he comes up with some pretty good ideas though.) Anyways, EA's stock has fell from 59-49 this year alone. So those of you boycotting congrats. If this is able to continue and get EA to start out 2009 around the 50/share mark (which remember holidays will boost the stock value) then continue to go down afterwards, you might get them to go down to Take Two's value in only a few more years. Then Take Two can say, I will buy you, for 10/share, haha. Mass Effect is not an EA game, EA bought them after the project was done. Though klugenbeel is off on the number, they are close enough. $5 goes to copying the game onto the disk and packaging. Another $5 or so will go to marketing, but still 100,000 people not buying 1 EA game a year they they normally would means they loose $5 million. Now if you normally buy 3 EA games a year, which is prolly about average because if they dont develop the game, they prolly publish it (which means they get 60% of those profits at least). Then by not buying 3 games a year for 100,000 people would at least mean EA losing out on $12million. EA's 4 year low is 41 back in 2006. It is about time to get it lower than that. The start of the year high for 2006 is the same as 2008 pretty much. We are about a month behind though. So if people do slow down on buying EA games we could easily make it by the end of July. EA has about an 11 point holiday spike on average every year as well. If it can be hindered to a 8 point spike, and another bad year, they will be in the 30s with no problem. So I agree. Lets boycott it seems like it can work, especially since they are already down. It is the best time to hit them, and it is time for the gaming community to hit them hard. So for those of you who are willing to do it. Do your part, try to get a few other people to join in, and try to get them to get a few more people to join in. This year will be the start of the downfall of EA, and the end of the Era of Acquisition (EA). This message is not approved by Hillary Clinton, Jack Thompson, and Joe Lieberman, but it sure as heck is approved by me.

klugenbeel
klugenbeel

SCPsyWarrior, If people want to boycott EA and voice their opinion on it, then it is their right to do so. And yes, if enough people follow suit and actually stop buying EA's crap, then EA will feel it and it will hurt them. Again it takes a lot of people to actually stand up for their belief and to do it as well. If hundres of thousands of people stopped buying EA's games, and say for 1 calander year, they did not buy an EA game, EA would loss some money, not sure if it would bea lot or little, but as long as over 100,000 people did it, they would feel it. Say 100,000 people exactly did not buy a EA game for a whole year, thats 6 million dollars of revenue that EA missed out on. The more who join suite, because they know EA is not releasing very good games atm, the more money EA would lose and possibly encourage them to start focusing on gameplay, content, and quality. You know people in the past used to believe in things enough to give their life to defend it, now people will just settle. You keep settling and buying EA products that you know are not as good as what you are actually hoping form, then EA will buy up more publishers, more studios, and more competitors untill there is non left and just them. If there is only EA left, then all you will get is crap, if you stand up against and not buy EA. Either they will change, or wither and die. If they change and go back to quality, then good news for gamers again!

sebtko
sebtko

Ea is the best and once they take over take 2 ill be soo happy and they will have better games heheehhahahahaah not ea sucks and everyone knows it but mass effect is ea now and they have crysis so enjoy those games for now see what they come up with and see how well battlefield bad company does ehhe

PyreofKoL
PyreofKoL

First off, I have to agree with whoever said that NHL 08 was the best hockey game around. The graphics are stunning and the AI is actually a challenge to beat, for once in the series's history and to top it all off, the gameplay is excellent. However, outside of EA's sport s franchise...well, can we say shovelware? And as for Army 2, it's true that EA marketed it heavily, but my friend and I knew what the reviews were saying, but we're debating buying it just because he and I are big on co-op multiplayer as well as vs. multiplayer. It may not be the best experience out there, but it'd likely be worth picking up used. I do, however, think that EA is overstepping its bounds with the companies that it's trying buy currently...well, all we can do is see what happens.

klugenbeel
klugenbeel

lu31605, Is that "8%" fact, or did you just make it up, because last i read, which game from a credible news source, EA had double digit percentage in the gaming Market, i want to say about 15%, but I am not 100% sure and its been quite a few months since I read it. Its pretry easy to stear clear of EA games, since they slap that stupid, uncreative (kinda like EA itself), boring logo that they been using for the past decade now, on every cover of every game they sell. Avoid that sticker if you can, unless you really like something they are selling.

SCPsyWarrior
SCPsyWarrior

Oh, please. Stop with the "Boycott EA" buisiness. You really think that enough people will permanently stop buying EA games to put them out of the games market? Here's an idea. *Stop* buying any substandard games they produce, and support the good quality games by purchasing them. If people buy high-end good-quality titles over the poor-quality mass produced ones, the accountants will notice this. EA do produce some good games, and while putting the 'big bad evil corporation' out of business will halt any negative influence they have, it will also deny us all their good produce. Maybe read a review of an EA game before purchasing, but don't deny yourself a good game just because it has the EA logo on it. Enforce the concept that gamers want high-end games that have had a sufficiently long development cycle! If you vote with your cash, they will pay attention. -PsyW

lu31605
lu31605

Everyone has played a EA game even if they didn't know it. If YOU don't like EA, then don't support them and buy games, but oh wait... You eventually will. I'm not supporting EA, but im not trashing it saying "EA EViLL* etc etc. If you look at the gaming industry, EA only has like 8% maybe?