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Electronic Arts, Inc.
Traded as NASDAQ: EA
NASDAQ-100 Component
S&P 500 Component
Industry Interactive entertainment
Computer and video games
Founded May 28, 1982 (1982-05-28)
Founder Trip Hawkins
Headquarters Redwood City, California, United States
Area served
Key people
Larry Probst
Andrew Wilson
Products Battlefield series
Burnout series
Command & Conquer series
Crysis series
Dead Space series
Dragon Age series
FIFA series
Fight Night series
Harry Potter series
Madden NFL series
Mass Effect series
Medal of Honor series
NBA Live series
NCAA Football series
Need for Speed series
NHL series
Rock Band series
SimCity series
The Sims series
Skate series
SSX series
Revenue Increase US$ 4.143 billion (2012)
Operating income
Increase US$ 35 million (2012)
Increase US$ 76 million (2012)
Total assets Increase US$ 5.491 billion (2012)
Total equity Decrease US$ 2.458 billion (2012)
Number of employees
7,645 (2012)
EA Building RedwoodShores
EA's headquarters in Redwood shores

Electronic Arts, Inc. (EA) is a large company which makes computer and video games all over the world. They made famous games such as The Sims, Madden NFL and Medal of Honor. They also made the Need for Speed series. EAs most popular products are the games which are sold under the EA Sports label.


The company was started in February 1982 by Trip Hawkins. They first shipped their games in May 1983. They have since then produced video games every year.


EA owns other smaller game companies which they call 'studios'.

A few of these include Maxis (creators of The Sims), Bullfrog (creators of Theme Park and Theme Hospital), and BioWare (makers of Mass Effect).


  • Pinball Construction Set (1983) by Bill Budge
  • Archon (1983) and Archon II: Adept (1984) by Free Fall Associates
  • M.U.L.E. (1983) by Dan Bunten and Ozark Softscape
  • One on One: Dr. J vs. Larry Bird (1983) by Eric Hammond
  • Music Construction Set (1984) by Will Harvey
  • The Seven Cities of Gold (1984) by Dan Bunten and Ozark Softscape
  • The Bard's Tale (1985) by Interplay Productions
  • Mail Order Monsters (1985) by Paul Reiche III, Evan Robinson and Nicky Robinson
  • Racing Destruction Set (1985) by Rick Koenig
  • Instant Music (1986) by Robert Campbell
  • Starflight (1986) by Binary Systems
  • Skate or Die! (1987), EA's first internally developed title
  • Zany Golf (1988), by Sandcastle Productions (Will Harvey)
  • Populous (1989) by Bullfrog which EA acquired in 1995
  • The Immortal (1990) by Sandcastle Productions (Will Harvey)
  • Desert Strike: Return to the Gulf (1992) by EA's High Score Production group
  • NHL series (1991–)
  • Wing Commander series (1992 onwards, previous games published in-house)
  • FIFA series (1993–)
  • Need for Speed series (1994–) (first installment was made by EA in collaboration with Road & Track)
  • Ultima Online (1997) by Origin Systems
  • NASCAR series (1997–2009)
  • Command & Conquer series (titles from 1999–present) by Westwood Studios (earlier titles released by Virgin Interactive)
  • Dungeon Keeper series by Bullfrog Productions
  • SimCity series (titles from 1999–) by Maxis (earlier titles released by other publishers)
  • Medal of Honor series (1999–)
  • System Shock 2 (1999)
  • American McGee's Alice (2000)
  • SSX series (2000–)
  • James Bond series (1999–2005)
  • Harry Potter series (2001–2011)
  • The Sims (2000–2003) by Maxis
  • The Sims 2 (2004–2008) by Maxis (and later The Sims Studio)
  • The Sims Stories series (2007–2008) by Aspyr and EA
  • The Sims 3 (2009–present) by Visceral Games and The Sims Studio
  • Burnout series (2004–present)
  • Battlefield series (2002–present) by EA Digital Illusions CE
  • Madden NFL series (1989–present)
  • NCAA Football series (1993–present)
  • Dark Age of Camelot (republished after EA acquired Mythic in 2005)
  • Crysis series (2007–) by Crytek
  • Rock Band series (2007–) by Harmonix
  • Skate series (2007–) by EA Black Box
  • Mass Effect series (starting with Mass Effect 2, the first game was published by Microsoft)(2009–2012) by BioWare
  • Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning (2008) by Mythic Entertainment
  • Spore series (2008–) by Maxis
  • Army of Two series (2008–) by EA Montreal
  • Dead Space series (2008–) by Visceral Games
  • Mirror's Edge (2008) by EA Digital Illusions CE
  • Dragon Age series (2009–) by BioWare
  • Dante's Inferno (2010) by Visceral Games
  • Star Wars: The Old Republic (2011) by BioWare
  • The Simpsons: Tapped Out (2012, mobile)
  • The Sims 4 (2014)

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