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Bejeweled Yields Cognitive Benefit In Older Adults

September 14th, 2011 09:29 admin View Comments

Medicine

donniebaseball23 writes “PopCap Games and University of Massachusetts Amherst psychology researcher Susan K. Whitbourne, Ph.D. have released the results of a survey targeting the habits of older and younger gamers. Interestingly, PopCap’s Bejeweled Blitz was found to be a good cognitive training tool for older adults. Of those who play Bejeweled Blitz on a regular basis, 47 percent of adults over 50 reported feeling ‘sharper’ while performing other tasks, and nearly 24 percent of adults over 65 felt that their pattern recognition improved. Dr. Whitbourne intends to conduct a series of studies looking into the value of gaming for older audiences.”

Source: Bejeweled Yields Cognitive Benefit In Older Adults

PopCap’s Bejeweled 2 + Blitz – Popular iPhone Game Is Free For a Day

August 27th, 2011 08:09 admin View Comments

Bejeweled

PopCap is offering Bejeweled 2 + Blitz for free until Sunday morning as part of the FreeAppADay promotion.

Bejeweled 2 + Blitz has been one of the most popular matching games and top paid apps in the App Store.

Interestingly, if you look at the App Activity of Bejeweled 2 + Blitx on App Shopper, it looks like PopCap first released the iPhone game for $9.99 on August 27th 2008 (a month after the App Store was launched). But since then PopCap has dropped the price all the way down to $0.99 by November 2010 and started offering in-app purchase for a package of coins.

With Bejeweled 2 + Blitz for the iPhone and iPod Touch, you can also play with your friends on Facebook and  and compete with them in the weekly Bejeweled Blitz tournament.

So don’t miss out on this opportunity and download the app while it is free from the App Store using this iTunes link and don’t forget to tell your friends.

[via FreeAppADay]

Source: PopCap’s Bejeweled 2 + Blitz – Popular iPhone Game Is Free For a Day

EA Buys Bejeweled-Maker PopCap In Deal Worth Up To $1.3 Billion

July 12th, 2011 07:06 admin View Comments

Businesses

donniebaseball23 writes “Weeks ago, rumors were that Electronic Arts had stepped up to the plate to buy mobile/casual gaming publisher PopCap, developer of titles such as Bejeweled and Plants vs Zombies. Today, EA has confirmed that it has purchased PopCap for a final sum of $650 million and $100 million in shares of EA common stock. There’s also the possibility for up to $550 million in earn-outs for hitting 2013 financial milestones. That would bring the price to a whopping $1.3 billion. ‘We picked EA because they have recast their culture around making great digital games,’ said David Roberts, CEO of PopCap. ‘By working with EA, we’ll scale our games and services to deliver more social, mobile, casual fun to an even bigger, global audience.’” More broadly, EA’s plan for PopCap is: “don’t break it.”

Source: EA Buys Bejeweled-Maker PopCap In Deal Worth Up To $1.3 Billion

Sources: PopCap Buyer Is EA

June 22nd, 2011 06:43 admin View Comments

Following up on our story earlier this evening that PopCap Games is in the process of being acquired for a sum of over $1 billion — we’ve now heard from two sources that the buyer is Electronic Arts.

The high price of the deal ($1+ billion) means that this would be a huge bet for EA — we’re talking over 13% of the company’s market cap. But we’re hearing that this is a Hail Mary pass from EA to break into mobile and social gaming — areas where the company hasn’t done nearly as well as it has in the console arena.

Possible logic behind the deal: Electronic Arts has some successful franchises that cater to casual users (including The Sims), but many of its successful properties appeal to the hardcore crowd. This is problematic on mobile, where iOS’s top grossing apps are dominated by Angry Birds, Zynga, Pocket Gems, and other casual games. PopCap could help with that — their arsenal of games includes Bejeweled and Plants vs Zombies, each of which is a powerhouse in mobile and casual gaming.

We’ll continue to provide updates to the story as we hear more.

Source: Sources: PopCap Buyer Is EA

PopCap Games To Be Acquired For $1 Billion+

June 22nd, 2011 06:31 admin View Comments

Huge news in the gaming world: PopCap Games, the company behind such hits as Plants vs Zombies and Bejeweled, is in the process of being acquired — and we’re hearing from multiple sources that the price is over $1 billion.

The question now is who the buyer is. The obvious possibility is Zynga, which has made a string of game-related acquisitions over the last year. But we’re hearing they’re out. Our sources say that Zynga did indeed kick the tires hard on a potential acquisition, but it looks like the company couldn’t get comfortable with the price PopCap was asking for.

Popcap’s revenues are in the range of $100-150 million, we hear — and a price of over $1 billion would have put the deal at a possible 10x multiple, which may have been too rich for Zynga’s blood. So who else could it be?

We’ve heard that it might be videogaming powerhouse Electronic Arts, though the acquisition would be a very large one for the company (EA’s market cap is $7.49 billion). That said, it wouldn’t be EA’s first big bet on a hot gaming startup: they acquired Playfish in 2009 for up to $400 million after earnouts.

Another possibility would be a company in Asia that’s looking to break into the stateside gaming market, similar to the idea behind DeNA’s $300 million+ acquisition of ngmoco last October. One candidate is massive Chinese company Tencent, which has a market cap of $383.41 billion (and some games of their own). But there are other possibilities that would fit that profile as well — we’ll keep digging.

PopCap was previously rumored to be exploring a possible IPO later this year. The company raised $22.5 million in October 2009.

Source: PopCap Games To Be Acquired For $1 Billion+

Man Spends 2,200 Hours Defeating Bejeweled 2

May 1st, 2010 05:44 admin View Comments

An anonymous reader writes “A California steel contractor spent 2,200 total hours over the last three years racking up a high score in Bejeweled 2. He exceeded the 2^31-1 maximum score programmed for the score display, proving that there is, in fact, an end to the game. I suppose congratulations or condolences are in order.”

Source: Man Spends 2,200 Hours Defeating Bejeweled 2

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