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EA Digital Illusions CE
Type Subsidiary of Electronic Arts
Founded 1988
Headquarters Sweden Stockholm, Sweden
Key people Fredrik Liliegren (founder), Andreas Axelsson (founder), Olof Gustafsson (founder), Patrick Söderlund (general manager)
Industry Computer and video game
Revenue 147 million SEK
Employees 200+
Parent Electronic Arts
Website http://www.dice.se

EA Digital Illusions Creative Entertainment AB (EA DICE) is a Swedish video game developer, wholly owned by Electronic Arts, best known for the Battlefield video game series and Mirror's Edge.

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History

DICE was started by four people: Ulf Mandorff, Olof Gustafsson, Fredrik Liliegren, Andreas Axelsson, members of the former demo group The Silents.[1][2] All original members came from the small town of Alvesta in Sweden. 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.

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.

The old DICE logo

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 jumpstarted their popularity. In 2004 the total value of the company was estimated at approximately USD$55 million.

Expansion

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

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

On October 2, 2006 EA completed the acquisition for 67.50 SEK per share for 2.6 million shares, for a total of 175.5 million SEK. Digital Illusions CE was renamed EA Digital Illusions CE,[3] and CEO Patrick Söderlund became an EA Studio General Manager.[4] DICE Canada, which at the time was being run by DICE co-founder Fredrik Liljegren, was closed down immediately upon acquisition.[5]

Games

Amiga

Gamecube

  • Shrek: Extra Large

Game Boy Advance

  • Barbie Groovy Games
  • Secret Agent Barbie: Royal Jewels Mission

Game Boy Color

  • Diva Starz: Mall Mania
  • JumpStart Dino Adventure Field Trip

PC (DOS and Microsoft Windows)

PlayStation

  • Land Before Time: Big Water Adventure
  • JumpStart Wildlife Safari Field Trip
  • Michelin Rally Masters: Race of Champions
  • Motorhead
  • Test Drive Rally
  • True Pinball

PlayStation 2

  • Battlefield 2: Modern Combat
  • Pryzm Chapter One: The Dark Unicorn

PlayStation 3

Sega Saturn

  • True Pinball

Xbox

Xbox 360

References

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EA Digital Illusions CE
EA Digital Illusions CE's company logo.
Founded 1988
Founder(s) Ulf Mandorff, Olof Gustafsson, Fredrik Liliegren, Andreas Axelsson
Located Stockholm, Sweden
Website http://www.dice.se/

EA Digital Illusions Creative Entertainment AB (EA DICE) is a Swedish video game developer, wholly owned by Electronic Arts, best known for the Battlefield video game series and the recent Mirror's Edge.

In its early 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.

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 jumpstarted their popularity. 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.

On March 31, 2005 Electronic Arts purchased 62 percent of Digital Illusions CE, and on October 2, 2006 they completed the acquisition. DICE was renamed EA Digital Illusions CE, and CEO Patrick Söderlund became an EA Studio General Manager. DICE Canada, which at the time was being run by DICE co-founder Fredrik Liljegren, was closed down immediately upon acquisition.

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