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EA DICE
Subsidiary of Electronic Arts
Industry
Founded May 1992[1]
Founder
Headquarters Stockholm, Sweden
Number of locations
3 offices
Area served
Worldwide
Key people
Karl-Magnus Troedsson (CEO)
Products
Revenue Increase 798.936 million kr
Increase 59.133 million kr
Profit Increase 36.164 million kr
Total assets Increase 368.302 million kr
Total equity Increase 110.833 million kr
Number of employees
560 (2014)
Parent Electronic Arts
Website DICE.se
Footnotes / references
2014 Annual Report.[2]

Electronic Arts Digital Illusions Creative Entertainment AB, commonly known as EA DICE or simply DICE, is a Swedish video game developer. The company was founded in 1992 and has been a subsidiary of Electronic Arts since 2004. Its releases include the Battlefield series, Mirror's Edge, and Star Wars Battlefront.

History[edit]

The old DICE logo

DICE was founded as Digital Illusions in May 1992 in Växjö, Sweden by five people: Ulf Mandorff, Olof Gustafsson, Fredrik Liliegren, Andreas Axelsson and Markus Nyström, members of the former demogroup The Silents.[1][3][4] 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 DICE at a price of 61 kr per share. The board of directors of DICE recommended that the company's shareholders accept the offer. Electronic Arts owned 62% of DICE on 31 March 2005.

On 2 October 2006, EA completed the acquisition for 67.75 kr per share for 2.6 million shares, for a total of 175.5 million kr. DICE was renamed to EA Digital Illusions CE,[5] and CEO Patrick Söderlund became an EA Studio General Manager.[6] DICE Canada, which at the time was being run by DICE co-founder Fredrik Liliegren, was closed down immediately upon acquisition.[7]

In May 2013, DICE Los Angeles was opened as an additional location to DICE. It was formed some time after the dissolution of EA's former subsidiary Danger Close Games, also known before as EA Los Angeles, as a consequence of the commercial failure of Medal of Honor: Warfighter. Several Danger Close employees were transferred to the new studio, while the leadership team including studio manager Fredrik Loving moved from Stockholm.[8] DICE Los Angeles had co-operated with DICE Stockholm in the development of Battlefield 4. The L.A. studio is also working on unannounced projects, built on the Frostbite 3 engine. In May 2013, DICE General Manager Karl-Magnus Troedsson said in an interview: ”There is an extreme talent pool over that we want a part of.”[9]

Games developed[edit]

Title Year Platform(s) Notes
Pinball Dreams 1992 Amiga, NES, MS-DOS
Pinball Fantasies Amiga, MS-DOS, NES, 3DO
Amiganoid 1994 Amiga
Benefactor Amiga
Hardcore Sega Genesis Finished but never released
Pinball Illusions 1995 Amiga, MS-DOS
True Pinball 1997 PlayStation, Sega Saturn
S40 Racing Microsoft Windows
Motorhead 1998 Microsoft Windows, PlayStation
Swedish Touring Car Championship 1999 Microsoft Windows
Swedish Touring Car Championship 2 2000 Microsoft Windows
Rally Masters Microsoft Windows
Riding Champion: Legacy of Rosemond Hill Microsoft Windows
NASCAR Heat PlayStation In collaboration with Monster Games
Matchbox Emergency Patrol 2001 Microsoft Windows
JumpStart Wildlife Safari Field Trip PlayStation
JumpStart Dino Adventure Field Trip Game Boy Color
Diva Starz: Mall Mania Game Boy Color
Shrek Xbox, GameCube
Rallisport Challenge 2002 Microsoft Windows, Xbox
Pryzm: Chapter One — The Dark Unicorn PlayStation 2
Battlefield 1942 Microsoft Windows, OS X
Shrek Extra Large GameCube
V8 Challenge Microsoft Windows
Battlefield 1942: The Road to Rome 2003 Microsoft Windows, OS X Expansion pack for Battlefield 1942
Midtown Madness 3 Xbox
Battlefield 1942: Secret Weapons of WWII Microsoft Windows, OS X Expansion pack for Battlefield 1942
Battlefield Vietnam 2004 Microsoft Windows
Rallisport Challenge 2 Xbox
Battlefield 2 2005 Microsoft Windows
Battlefield 2: Modern Combat PlayStation 2, Xbox, Xbox 360
Battlefield 2: Special Forces Microsoft Windows Expansion pack for Battlefield 2
Battlefield 2: Euro Force 2006 Microsoft Windows Expansion pack for Battlefield 2
Battlefield 2: Armored Fury Microsoft Windows Expansion pack for Battlefield 2
Battlefield 2142 Microsoft Windows, OS X
Battlefield 2142: Northern Strike 2007 Microsoft Windows, OS X Expansion pack for Battlefield 2142
Battlefield: Bad Company 2008 PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
Mirror's Edge Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, iOS
Battlefield Heroes 2009 Microsoft Windows In collaboration with Easy Studios; freeware
Battlefield 1943 Xbox 360, PlayStation 3
Battlefield: Bad Company 2 2010 Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, iOS
Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Wii, Xbox 360, iOS, Android, Windows Phone In collaboration with Criterion Games
Battlefield Online Microsoft Windows In collaboration with Neowiz Games; freeware
Medal of Honor Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Developed the multiplayer aspect
Battlefield: Bad Company 2: Vietnam Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Expansion pack for Battlefield: Bad Company 2
Battlefield Play4Free 2011 Microsoft Windows In collaboration with Easy Studios; freeware
Battlefield 3 Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, iOS
Battlefield 3: Back to Karkand 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 Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Expansion pack for Battlefield 3
Battlefield 3: Aftermath 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 Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One
Battlefield 4: China Rising 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 Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One Expansion pack for Battlefield 4
Battlefield 4: Dragon's Teeth Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One Expansion pack for Battlefield 4
Battlefield 4: Final Stand 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
Battlefield Hardline: Criminal Activity Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One Expansion pack for Battlefield Hardline
Battlefield Hardline: Robbery Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One Expansion pack for Battlefield Hardline
Battlefield Hardline: Blackout Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One Expansion pack for Battlefield Hardline
Star Wars Battlefront Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
Battlefield Hardline: Getaway 2016 Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One Expansion pack for Battlefield Hardline
Mirror's Edge Catalyst Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One In development[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Article Series: Part 1 Home of Digital Illusions" (in Swedish). PCgaming.nu. Retrieved 18 March 2011.  External link in |publisher= (help)
  2. ^ "Bokslut & Nyckeltal - EA Digital Illusions CE AB" (in Swedish). AllaBolag.se. Retrieved 22 January 2015.  External link in |publisher= (help)
  3. ^ "The Silents (TSL)". Amiga Music Preservation. Retrieved 8 May 2008.  External link in |publisher= (help)
  4. ^ Uhr, Bobic (18 January 2007). "4Sceners: Digital Illusions". 4Players.de. Retrieved 20 May 2010.  External link in |publisher= (help)
  5. ^ Thorsen, Tor (2 October 2006). "EA rolls DICE for $23 million". GameSpot. Retrieved 10 May 2014. 
  6. ^ "EA Officially Picks Up DICE". Edge. 2 October 2006. Retrieved 1 September 2012. 
  7. ^ Boyer, Brandon (5 October 2006). "EA Closes DICE Canada Offices". Gamasutra. Retrieved 10 October 2006. 
  8. ^ Yin-Poole, Wesley (13 June 2015). "Star Wars: Battlefront is "DICE's interpretation of what Battlefront should be"". Eurogamer. Retrieved 11 May 2015. 
  9. ^ Hansegard, Jens; Ledel, Johannes (15 May 2013). "EA Opening New Los Angeles Game Studio". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 23 December 2013. 
  10. ^ Dyer, Mitch (21 November 2012). "Mirror's Edge 2 "Is in Production at DICE"". IGN. IGN Entertainment. Retrieved 25 September 2013. 

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