Electronic Arts is reporting that the publisher has earned over $1B USD from its digital properties and sales. The company attributes it both to its acquisition of major social networking and casual game companies such as PopCap Games, Playfish and Chillingo, as well as its new digital distribution service, Origin.
EA's plans for 2012 is to eschew the EA Interactive label, since the digital distribution model will be permeating the entire company's lineup, thanks in no small part to Origin.
The publisher has therefore allowed EA Interactive head Barry Cottle to leave the company. Cottle quickly signed up with Zynga as its new executive president of business and corporate development, joining other ex-EA veterans John Schappert and Jeff Karp.
Popcap Games is best known for its addictive casual games like Plants Vs. Zombies and Peggle. Playfish, founded in 2007, specializes in Facebook games like The Sims Social and Monopoly Millionaires. Chillingo brought both Angry Birds and Cut the Rope to iOS devices.
EA's controversial Origin service is the publisher's digital distributor as well as gaming portal, for titles such as Battlefield 3 and Star Wars: The Old Republic.
Electronic Arts passed $1B in digital sales in 2011
13 January 2012 | By JonahFalcon