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Topic - Electronic Arts Inc.
The Big Ten, Pac-12 and Southeastern Conference are following the NCAA's lead and will no longer allow EA Sports to use league logos in its college football video games.
The NCAA said it won't enter into a new contract with EA Sports beyond the current one that expires June 2014. That means NCAA Football 2014 will be the last edition of the popular game. However, it won't necessarily stop EA Sports from producing a college football video game depicting powerhouse schools such as Alabama, Ohio State and Oregon.
Video game publisher Electronic Arts Inc. said Monday that its CEO, John Riccitiello, will step down on March 30.
The creators of "SimCity" are hoping players don't move on after connectivity issues plagued the game's launch last week.
In grim news for video game companies, market researcher NPD Group said Thursday U.S. retail sales of game hardware, software and accessories fell 8 percent in September to $1.2 billion.
It's unfortunate that "Medal of Honor," the reboot of the 11-year-old military shooter franchise set in present-day Afghanistan, was banned from being sold on U.S. military bases because the video game's single-player campaign is more an interactive tribute to troops fighting in the Middle East than any other shoot-'em-up.
Thursday marks the kickoff of the 2010 NFL season, and along with it, a renewed interest in fantasy leagues and video games that let Monday-morning quarterbacks feel as if they're part of the action.
Electronic Arts is bringing its popular "Madden" football game to Facebook. "Madden NFL Superstars" launches as a free application Tuesday.
A video game that allows players to adopt the role of the Taliban is a "tasteless product," Britain's defense secretary said Sunday, calling on retailers to show their support for troops by not selling it.
John Madden misses the broadcast booth.
Utah officials heralded a major investment by software company Adobe Systems Inc. as a sign that a state that produces many early computer innovations is finally amassing jobs, talent and Fortune 500 operations instead of exporting startups through corporate mergers.
THE NUMBERS: EA's first-quarter net income totaled $96 million, or 29 cents per share. That's up from a loss of $234 million, or 72 cents per share, a year earlier. Net revenue rose to $815 million from $644 million.
Video game publisher Electronic Arts Inc. reported stronger results than it had forecast, boosted by solid sales of games such as "2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa," "Scrabble" for Apple Inc.'s iPad and digital add-on content for older titles.
This summer has been so oppressive throughout most of the United States that even driving to the video-game store feels like an ordeal. Fortunately, you don't have to leave home to experience some of the season's most interesting games _ you can download them directly to your console.