Electronic Arts Inc a Delaware corporation was incorporated in 1982. The Company develops, markets, publishes and distributes game software and content that can be played by consumers on a variety of platforms, including Video game consoles such as the Microsoft Xbox 360 and One and the Sony PlayStation 3 and 4, personal computers (PCs), and mobile phones and tablets. It operates development studios in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia. It also engages third parties to assist with the development of games and services at their development and production studios. Internationally, the Company conducts its business through international headquarters in Switzerland and has wholly-owned subsidiaries throughout the world, including offices in Europe, Australia, Asia and Latin America. Its studios and development teams are organized around three divisions: EA Studios, EA Mobile, and Maxis. Each division operates with the support from Global Publishing and Marketing organizations, as well as Digital Platform team. EA Studios is home to a number of studios and development teams and is responsible for developing games and related content and services across an expansive range of game categories. Its franchises include FIFA, Madden NFL, Need for Speed, Battlefield, Mass Effect, Star Wars and Dragon Age. Its studios within the EA Studios organization are located in the United States, Canada and Sweden. The diverse studios within the EA Studios organization have the goal of operating as one collaborative organization through the use of common technologies and shared development frameworks. It also contract with external game developers for development services or to establish publishing and distribution relationships, such as with Respawn Entertainment for Titanfall. EA Mobile organization develops and publishes interactive games for play on mobile phones and tablets, as well as certain casual games for the PC. The Mobile organization's brand portfolio includes wholly owned properties such as Plants vs. Zombies, Real Racing and Bejeweled, as well licensed intellectual properties such as Tetris and The Simpsons. The EA Mobile organization also manages Pogo online service, through which the Company offers casual games such as card, puzzle and word games on www.pogo.com, as well as on other platforms. The EA Mobile organization has studios located in the United States, Canada, China, Australia, Finland and India. Certain mobile games, such as those related to EA SPORTS franchises, are developed by the EA Studios organization. Maxis organization focuses on creating compelling games and related content and services that engage player creativity. The Maxis portfolio includes the wholly-owned franchises The Sims and SimCity. Maxis games are developed at studios in the United States. Global Publishing and Marketing organizations are responsible for the distribution, sales, and marketing of products and services, including operations, and manufacturing functions, as well as global media advertising sales business and customer support teams. Mobile game publishing is overseen by EA Mobile organization. Digital Platform team is responsible for creating and maintaining a technology foundation that enhances EA's ability to deliver gameplay services and facilitate transactions across platforms for all the games. The Company competes with other video game companies and with providers of different forms of entertainment, such as motion pictures, television, social networking, online casual entertainment and music, for the leisure time and discretionary spending of consumers. Its competitors include Sony, Microsoft, Activision Blizzard, Take-Two Interactive, and Ubisoft; diversified media companies such as Disney and Warner Bros; Supercell, KING, and GungHo Online. The Company is subject to a number of foreign and domestic laws and regulations that affect companies conducting business on the Internet.
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