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Electronic Arts planning to release games for Windows Phone 8

Electronic Arts planning to release games for Windows Phone 8

Electronic Arts has revealed that it is in talks with Microsoft to bring mobile games to Windows Phone 8. The new mobile OS is scheduled to launch later this year, and Electronic Arts apparently wants to have a presence when it does. This is something of a surprise, considering that Microsoft has struggled to gain an significant audience with its mobile efforts so far.

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Zynga COO John Schappert resigns after losing duties

Zynga COO John Schappert resigns after losing duties

Zynga has lost one of its biggest players, as it announced that COO John Schappert has resigned. In a statement sent to Fortune, Zynga CEO Mark Pincus confirmed that Schappert had left the company and its board of directors "effective immediately." He didn't say why Schappert had left the company, but it sounds like a rather abrupt departure.

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SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: August 3, 2012

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: August 3, 2012

Welcome to the weekend, everyone! We're about ready to dive into the weekend ourselves, but not before we deliver the evening wrap-up. As with every other day this week, today gave us some more news about Apple's patent trial with Samsung, with Judge Lucy Koh interviewing each and every one of the jurors to make sure they weren't being swayed by any outside influences. Apple's senior VP of worldwide marketing Phil Schiller took the stand today to convince the jury that the iPhone's design was unique, while the company's legal counsel did its best to make sure that Samsung didn't share any iPhone sales numbers. Judge Koh also said that Apple wasn't allowed to keep its customer survey results a secret, so Samsung did get a bit of news that could help it out as the trial progresses.

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Electronic Arts taking Zynga to court over The Ville

Electronic Arts taking Zynga to court over The Ville

Well what do we have here? Apparently Electronic Arts thinks Zynga ripped off The Sims Social and is now taking the social games giant to court. More specifically, Electronic Arts claims that Zynga committed copyright infringement with The Ville, which does look quite similar to The Sims Social. Of course, we've known that EA has felt this way about The Ville for a while now, with EA complaining about the similarities between the two since The Ville launched in June.

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BioWare details Leviathan and Firefight Mass Effect 3 DLC

BioWare details Leviathan and Firefight Mass Effect 3 DLC

Mass Effect 3's multiplayer is definitely a fun way to pass the time, but if you're like me, you bought Mass Effect 3 for the single player story. Disappointingly, single player DLC has been hard to come by with Mass Effect 3, while BioWare seems to release multiplayer DLC every other week. That's all about to change with BioWare's upcoming Leviathan and Firefight DLC, and today the studio dropped some details on both in a post on the BioWare blog.

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Electronic Arts announces Army of Two: The Devil’s Cartel

Electronic Arts announces Army of Two: The Devil’s Cartel

The Army of Two franchise will soon be getting another installment, as Electronic Arts has announced Army of Two: The Devil's Cartel. The third game in the franchise is getting a new developer too - EA Montreal is out, Visceral Games is in. The game will also be powered by DICE's Frostbite 2.0 engine, which made it's debut in Battlefield 3 last year.

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Pachter: The Old Republic could net 50m players with free-to-play switch

Pachter: The Old Republic could net 50m players with free-to-play switch

Yesterday, Electronic Arts surprised absolutely no one by announcing that Star Wars: The Old Republic will be going free-to-play later this year. Wedbush Securities thinks that this is a great idea, and is encouraging investors to buy up stock in EA while they can still get in at a decent price. GamesIndustry International reports that EA's stock currently sits at $11.68 per share, but Wedbush gives the company a twelve-month target of $29.

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Battlefield Premium hits 1.3 million subscribers

Battlefield Premium hits 1.3 million subscribers

Despite all of the whining we've been hearing about Battlefield Premium, the service is still proving to be quite popular with players. Electronic Arts announced today that Battlefield Premium has reached 1.3 million subscribers after only being available for about a month and a half. The service got an official reveal at E3 2012, with Electronic Arts launching it later that same month.

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Star Wars: The Old Republic going free-to-play later this year

Star Wars: The Old Republic going free-to-play later this year

We all knew it was going to happen eventually, but today BioWare and Electronic Arts made it official: Star Wars: The Old Republic is going free-to-play. It seems that the Star Wars label and the BioWare name just weren't enough to get the necessary amount of people to subscribe, so now the companies will see if a switch to free-to-play will provide a boost to user numbers and revenues. Though the transition won't be happening until this fall (that's as specific as EA was), there are some changes happening soon that current players will want to know about, so read on to find out more.

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Battlefield 3 Facebook ads led to 440% return for Electronic Arts

Battlefield 3 Facebook ads led to 440% return for Electronic Arts

When publishers are ramping up on advertising for an upcoming game, Facebook ads don't seem like a natural place to start. If EA's success with Facebook ads for Battlefield 3 is anything to go on, however, maybe they should be. In a recent investor call - Facebook's first one since its IPO - Facebook COO Sheryl K. Sandberg highlighted Electronic Arts' success in using Facebook ads to push the extremely popular game, saying that Electronic Arts spent $2.75 million on ads and now attributes $12.1 million in sales to the marketing campaign.

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Crysis 3 gets 20 minute interactive gameplay video

Crysis 3 gets 20 minute interactive gameplay video

Crytek and Electronic Arts have released a new Crysis 3 gameplay video, but this one isn't like the run-of-the-mill gameplay trailers we're used to. You see, not only is this trailer nearly 20 minutes long, but it's also interactive. Truth be told, it's more of a demo than it is a trailer, as it gives us a nice extended look at the multiple ways to play through Crysis 3.

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EA CEO calls PC the fastest-growing game platform

EA CEO calls PC the fastest-growing game platform

Did we just step into a time warp back to the 1990s? The head of Electronic Arts John Riccitiello believes that the future of gaming is in the PC market. That was certainly true a decade or two ago, but with the rise of console games and an expansion to casual audiences, it seemed that segment of the industry was on the way out. But then, even newer trends began to grow in the industry.

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