PopCap Games is an American video game development and publishing company, based in Seattle, Washington. It was founded in 2000 by John Vechey, Brian Fiete and Jason Kapalka, and currently employs more than 400 people. PopCap specializes in "casual" games, and often allow people to play their games for free during a brief trial period before the game must be purchased.
PopCap's first game, a gem-swapping game called Bejeweled, has sold more than 50 million units and was awarded the Computer Gaming Hall of Fame in 2002. PopCap games are available for Web, PC, Mac, Xbox and PlayStation cosoles, Zeebo, Cellphones, PDAs, iPod Classic, iPod Touch, Nintendo DS and other mobile devices. Plants vs. Zombies was started in 2009 with its release to the PC and Steam. Over time, the game was released to other consoles.
PopCap Games and their franchises were purchased by Electronic Arts (EA) on July 12, 2012 for 650 million U.S. Dollars. After being bought by EA, PopCap created Plants vs. Zombies Adventures, Plants vs. Zombies 2: It's About Time and Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare.
In 2009, PopCap games came out with Plants vs. Zombies, a Tower Defense video game where the player defends his/her house with plants against an oncoming horde of zombies. The game received a positive response from critics, and was nominated for multiple Interactive Achievement Awards, alongside receiving praise for its musical score by Laura Shigihara.
List of Plants vs. Zombies games
- Plants vs. Zombies
- Plants vs. Zombies: The Board Game (non-video game)
- Plants vs. Zombies Pinball
- Plants vs. Zombies Adventures
- Plants vs. Zombies 2: It's About Time
- Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare
Games exclusive to China
- Plants vs. Zombies: Great Wall Edition
- Plants vs. Zombies: Journey To The West
- Plants vs. Zombies 2: It's About Time (Chinese version)
- Plants vs. Zombies: All Stars
- Plants vs. Zombies Online
- Bejeweled - Switch jewels around to make matches
- Bejeweled Twist - A spin-off to Bejeweled
- Bejeweled 3 - Another sequel to the Bejeweled series
- Feeding Frenzy - Eat other fish to become the top of the food chain
- Feeding Frenzy 2: Shipwreck Showdown - A sequel to Feeding Frenzy.
- Peggle - Shoot objects to clear pegs
- Peggle Nights - An addition to Peggle
- Peggle 2 - A sequel to Peggle
- Bookworm - Connect letter tiles around to build words
- Bookworm Adventures - A turn-based, action-puzzle game where you create words based on given letters on the board to defeat enemies.
- Bookworm Adventures: Volume 2 - A sequel to Bookworm Adventures
- Insaniquarium - Feed fish with fish food
- Zuma - Eliminate all balls rolling around a screen
- Zuma's Revenge! - A sequel to Zuma
- Heavy Weapon - Shoot high-flying vehicles down with heavy artillery.
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- On July 12th, 2012, Electronic Аrts (EA) bought PopCap for $650,000,000.
- On August 21, 2012, PopCap fired 50 employees in North America in a move to address a shift to mobile and free-to-play games and evaluated shutting down its Dublin studio.
- On September 24, 2012, PopCap closed its studio in Dublin, Ireland.
- On an unknown date, PopCap opened a studio in Shanghai, China.
On March 13, 2014, PopCap fired an unspecified number of employees for an unknown reason.