EA Digital Illusions CE

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EA Digital Illusions CE AB
Type Subsidiary of Electronic Arts
Industry Interactive entertainment
Computer and video games
Founded May 1992[1]
Founders Andreas Axelsson
Olof Gustafsson
Fredrik Liliegren
Ulf Mandorff
Markus Nyström
Headquarters Stockholm, Sweden
Area served Worldwide
Key people Karl-Magnus Troedsson (CEO)
Products

Games
Battlefield series
Mirror's Edge
Star Wars: Battlefront

Game engines
Frostbite
Refractor Engine
Revenue Increase 642.451 million kr
Operating income Increase 7.194 million kr
Profit Decrease 34.598 million kr
Total assets Increase 295.933 million kr
Total equity Decrease 74.669 million kr
Owners Electronic Arts, Inc.
Employees 518 (2013)
Parent Electronic Arts, Inc.
Divisions DICE Los Angeles
Website DICE.se
Footnotes / references
2013 Annual Report.[2]

EA Digital Illusions Creative Entertainment AB[3] (also known as EA Digital Illusions CE, EA DICE, or DICE) is a Swedish video game developer, wholly owned by Electronic Arts. The company is best known for video games such as the Battlefield series and Mirror's Edge.

History[edit]

The old DICE logo

DICE was founded in May 1992[1] in Växjö, Sweden by five people: Ulf Mandorff, Olof Gustafsson, Fredrik Liliegren, Andreas Axelsson, and Markus Nyström, members of the former demo group The Silents.[4][5] The Silents' work is visible in some DICE games. For example, The Silents used the acronym TSL; this acronym is visible in Motorhead on banners and signs. According to the Motorhead manual, TSL is said to stand for "Trans-atlantic Speed League", a case of a backronym.[citation needed]

For an extended period of time, while the employees were also students at Växjö University, the company's office consisted of a small dorm room. During those days the company developed popular pinball games for the Amiga computers, such as Pinball Dreams, Pinball Fantasies and Pinball Illusions. The company moved to Gothenburg in 1994 where it was headquartered until 2005, when that office was merged with the ex-Refraction Games office in Stockholm.

In 1998, the company was registered on the Swedish stock exchange. Although Codename Eagle received a small cult following, the biggest break for DICE was the release of Battlefield 1942 and its sequels and expansions. The Battlefield series jump-started their popularity. In 2004, the total value of the company was estimated at approximately US$55 million.

Expansion[edit]

In January 2000, the company bought Refraction Games and 90% of Synergenix Interactive. This was followed in March 2001 by the acquisition of Sandbox Studios in London, Ontario, Canada.

EA's acquisition[edit]

In November 2004, Electronic Arts announced their intent to purchase all outstanding shares in Digital Illusions CE at a price of 61 kr per share. The board of directors of Digital Illusions CE recommended that the company's shareholders accept the offer. Electronic Arts owned 62% of Digital Illusions CE on March 31, 2005.

On October 2, 2006, EA completed the acquisition for 67.75 kr per share for 2.6 million shares, for a total of 175.5 million kr. Digital Illusions CE was renamed EA Digital Illusions CE,[6] and CEO Patrick Söderlund became an EA Studio General Manager.[7] DICE Canada, which at the time was being run by DICE co-founder Fredrik Liliegren, was closed down immediately upon acquisition.[8]

Games developed[edit]

Title Year Platform(s) Notes
Pinball Dreams 1992 Amiga, Super Nintendo
Pinball Fantasies 1992 Amiga, MS-DOS, Super Nintendo
Amiganoid 1994 Amiga
Benefactor 1994 Amiga
Hardcore 1994 Sega Genesis Finished but cancelled
Pinball Illusions 1995 Amiga, MS-DOS
True Pinball 1997 PlayStation, Sega Saturn
S40 Racing 1997 Microsoft Windows
Motorhead 1998 Microsoft Windows, PlayStation
STCC 1999 Microsoft Windows
STCC 2 2000 Microsoft Windows
Rally Masters 2000 Microsoft Windows
Riding Champion: Legacy of Rosemond Hill 2000 Microsoft Windows
NASCAR Heat 2000 PlayStation In collaboration with Monster Games
Matchbox Emergency Patrol 2001 Microsoft Windows
JumpStart Wildlife Safari Field Trip 2001 PlayStation
JumpStart Dino Adventure Field Trip 2001 Game Boy Color
Diva Starz: Mall Mania 2001 Game Boy Color
Shrek 2001 Xbox
Rallisport Challenge 2002 Microsoft Windows, Xbox
Pryzm: Chapter One - The Dark Unicorn 2002 PlayStation 2
Battlefield 1942 2002 Microsoft Windows, Macintosh
Shrek Extra Large 2002 GameCube
V8 Challenge 2002 Microsoft Windows
Battlefield 1942: The Road to Rome 2003 Microsoft Windows, Macintosh Expansion pack for Battlefield 1942
Midtown Madness 3 2003 Xbox
Battlefield 1942: Secret Weapons of WWII 2003 Microsoft Windows, Macintosh Expansion pack for Battlefield 1942
Battlefield Vietnam 2004 Microsoft Windows
Rallisport Challenge 2 2004 Xbox
Battlefield 2 2005 Microsoft Windows
Battlefield 2: Modern Combat 2005 PlayStation 2, Xbox, Xbox 360
Battlefield 2: Special Forces 2005 Microsoft Windows Expansion pack for Battlefield 2
Battlefield 2: Euro Force 2006 Microsoft Windows Booster pack for Battlefield 2
Battlefield 2: Armored Fury 2006 Microsoft Windows Booster pack for Battlefield 2
Battlefield 2142 2006 Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X
Battlefield 2142: Northern Strike 2007 Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X Booster pack for Battlefield 2142
Battlefield: Bad Company 2008 PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
Mirror's Edge 2008 Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, iOS
Battlefield Heroes 2009 Microsoft Windows In collaboration with Easy Studios; free download
Battlefield 1943 2009 Xbox 360 (XBLA), PlayStation 3 (PSN)
Battlefield: Bad Company 2 2010 Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, iOS
Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit 2010 Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Wii, Xbox 360, iOS, Android, Windows Phone In collaboration with Criterion Games
Battlefield Online 2010 Microsoft Windows In collaboration with Neowiz Games; free download
Medal of Honor 2010 Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Developed the multiplayer aspect only
Battlefield: Bad Company 2: Vietnam 2010 Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Expansion pack for Battlefield: Bad Company 2
Battlefield Play4Free 2011 Microsoft Windows In collaboration with Easy Studios; free download
Battlefield 3 2011 Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, iOS
Battlefield 3: Back to Karkand 2011 Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Expansion pack for Battlefield 3
Battlefield 3: Close Quarters 2012 Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Expansion pack for Battlefield 3
Battlefield 3: Armored Kill 2012 Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Expansion pack for Battlefield 3
Battlefield 3: Aftermath 2012 Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Expansion pack for Battlefield 3
Battlefield 3: End Game 2013 Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Expansion pack for Battlefield 3
Battlefield 4 2013 Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One
Battlefield 4: China Rising 2013 Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One Expansion pack for Battlefield 4
Battlefield 4: Second Assault 2014 Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One Expansion pack for Battlefield 4
Battlefield 4: Naval Strike 2014 Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One Expansion pack for Battlefield 4
Battlefield 4: Dragon's Teeth 2014 Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One Expansion pack for Battlefield 4
Battlefield 4: Final Stand 2014 Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One Expansion pack for Battlefield 4
Battlefield Hardline 2015 Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One In collaboration with Visceral Games; In development
Star Wars: Battlefront 2015 Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One In development
Mirror's Edge 2 2016 Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One In development[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Article Series: Part 1 Home of Digital Illusions" (in Swedish). PCgaming.nu. Retrieved 2011-03-18. 
  2. ^ "Bokslut & Nyckeltal - EA Digital Illusions CE AB" (in Swedish). AllaBolag.se. Retrieved 2014-04-07. 
  3. ^ "DICE LinkedIn Profile". LinkedIn. Retrieved 2014-03-09. 
  4. ^ "The Silents (TSL)". Amiga Music Preservation. Retrieved 2008-05-08. 
  5. ^ Uhr, Bobic (2007-01-18). "4Sceners: Digital Illusions". 4Players.de. Retrieved 2010-05-20. 
  6. ^ Thorsen, Tor (2006-10-02). "EA rolls DICE for $23 million". GameSpot. Retrieved 2014-05-10. 
  7. ^ "EA Officially Picks Up DICE". Edge. 2006-10-02. Retrieved 2012-09-01. 
  8. ^ Boyer, Brandon (2006-10-05). "EA Closes DICE Canada Offices". Gamasutra. Retrieved 2006-10-10. 
  9. ^ Dyer, Mitch (2012-11-21). "Mirror's Edge 2 "Is in Production at DICE"". IGN. Retrieved 2013-09-25. 

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