Electronic Arts

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Electronic Arts A Company overview 1. History  1982:  Company founded as  Amazin' Software  by Trip Hawkins. 1983:  Company changes name into  Electronic Arts . 1984:  Company begins to build their own distribution network. 1985:  Company begins to distribute games produced externally. 1987:  EA begins to expand outside North America by opening a  European office near London. 1988:  EA begins to direct distribute in Australia. 1990:  Company went public at $ 8 per share. The stock's worth rose to  $ 35 within a year. 1991:  Company acquires Distinctive Software, Inc. Trip Hawkins resigns  from the position of CEO. He remains as Chairman of the Board. 1992:  Company opens an office in Japan. Company acquires ORIGIN Systems, Inc. 1993:  Company opens German office in Gütersloh, Germany. Jul, 1993:  French office opened in St Didier au Mont d'Or, France. 1994:  Company opens an office in Spain. Trip Hawkins resigns from the position of Chairman of the  Board. Jan, 1995:  Company acquires Bullfrog Productions, Ltd. 04/08/1996:  Company acquires South African distributor Vision 
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Software Ltd. Jun, 1997:  Company acquires Maxis in a US $125 million dollar stock  transaction as a "fully-owned subsidiary" of EA. 07/28/1998:  Company acquires ABC Software to establish direct sales  org in Switzerland and Austria. 08/04/1998:  Company enters into long term development agreement  and makes investment in software developer Kodiak Interactive, who  will develop WWF wrestling titles for EA. 08/17/1998:  Company announced intention to buy Westwood Interactive  from Virgin Interactive Entertainment. 09/23/1998:  Company sponsors 2nd Annual EA Sports Internet Tour  with $65,000 in prize money.  10/12/1998:  Company opens a subsidiary in Korea. 11/16/1998:  Company secured 8-year exclusive license to top world  soccer licenses, include FIFA and EURO cups.  01/12/1999:  EA Sports signs Sammy Sosa to be spokesman and  coverman for Triple Play 2000.  01/14/1999:  Company recalls PSX version of Tiger Woods 99. A  bootleg episode of Southpark was found on the CD in normally unused  space. The file was only readable via a PC, and was invisible to the  PSX console. Recall was issued since Southpark is offensive to some 
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people. Roughly 100,000 copies were affected.  02/22/1999:  Company signs multi-year Formula One license. 03/11/1999:  EA/Origin brought Wing Commander to movie screen. 06/10/1999:
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