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The Electronic Arts Company is a video game company headquartered in Redwood City, California. They were established back in 1982 and their first release was the Commodore 64 port of the Atari classic "M.U.L.E." Over time, they have grown into one of the largest and most successful video game companies to date.
The first big hit for Electronic Arts was Skate or Die, which introduced many kids to extreme sports games years before Tony Hawk's Pro Skater came out. The next big step forward came with Road Rash, developed by EA themselves rather than partner Virgin Interactive. The success of these early titles helped fund even bigger projects such as Wing Commander (1989), Syndicate (1993), and Theme (1997). EA has also published all three of the games in the popular The Sims franchise.
The rise of Electronic Arts to their position today has not been without controversy, however. After many years of creating legends in PC game development, EA decided to expand into console gaming - despite having no experience with either developing or publishing for consoles. This led to a series of bad decisions that nearly sank the company during the early 2000s; they released several party-game compilations aimed at casual gamers over hardcore fans, overhyped sports titles like NBA Street that ended up failing critically and commercially, and rushed out big budget (and highly anticipated) sequels like Road Rash II that fell short compared to their predecessors. One minor success was an American version of FIFA Soccer 2005, which introduced new game modes that were innovative at the time.
Today, EA is arguably more profitable than ever. It has become one of the big players in nearly every platform imaginable; they are so powerful that all but one console developer ( Nintendo ) dropped out of E3 2016 due to "co-existance". Their sports games have continued to dominate the market, and their biggest IPs - Battlefield, Mass Effect, and The Sims - are among some of the most successful franchises in gaming history.