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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.


Plants vs. Zombies series

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

Games exclusive to China

Other games

See here for a complete list.



  • 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.

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