(EA) is an American video game company headquartered in Redwood City, California.
Founded and incorporated on May 28, 1982 by Trip Hawkins, the company was a pioneer of the early home computer games industry and was notable for promoting the designers and programmers responsible for its games.
As of March 2018, Electronic Arts is the second-largest gaming company in the Americas and Europe by revenue and market capitalization after Activision Blizzard and ahead of Take-Two Interactive and Ubisoft.
Currently, EA develops and publishes games including EA Sports titles FIFA, Madden NFL, NHL, NBA Live, and UFC.
Other EA established franchises includes Battlefield, Need for Speed, The Sims, Medal of Honor, Command & Conquer, as well as newer franchises such as Dead Space, Mass Effect, Dragon Age, Army of Two, Titanfall and Star Wars: The Old Republic, produced in partnership with Lucas Arts.
The company began developing games in-house and supported consoles by the early 1990s.
EA later grew via acquisition of several successful developers.
By the early 2000s, EA had become one of the world's largest third-party publishers.
On May 4, 2011, EA reported $3.8 billion in revenues for the fiscal year ending March 2011, and on January 13, 2012, EA announced that it had exceeded $1 billion in digital revenue during the previous calendar year.
There is also a "On The House" feature in Origin that lets you download full versions of EA games for free, it is updated regularly.
In July 2011, EA announced that it had acquired Pop Cap Games, the company behind hits such as Plants vs. EA continued its shift toward digital goods in 2012, folding its mobile-focused EA Interactive (EAi) division "into other organizations throughout the company, specifically those divisions led by EA Labels president Frank Gibeau, COO Peter Moore, and CTO Rajat Taneja, and EVP of digital Kristian Segerstrale." Trip Hawkins had been an employee of Apple Inc.
Since 1978, at a time when the company had only about fifty employees.