EA Officially Snags "Napster"-Founded Social Net

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Reports that Electronic Arts was set to acquire Sean "Napster" Fanning's latest venture, a social network, are now official. EA announced last night that it acquired Napster's ThreeSF, owners of a social network called Rupture.


Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but earlier reports pegged the price tag at about $30 million. EA hasn't said what it plans to do with the social network - through Rupture, they gain an infrastructure to use, but not much of an existing user base.

Earlier reports had also suggested that the deal would make Fanning, as well as his co-founder Jon Baudanza, employees of EA. Mariam Sughayer of EA's corporate communications declined to comment on this or other details of the transaction, but told Kotaku that the company will announce more details in the weeks ahead.

Full press release follows the jump:

EA Acquires ThreeSF

REDWOOD CITY, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ:ERTS) today announced it has acquired ThreeSF, Inc., a social network for gamers. Financial terms were not disclosed. More information about EA's plans for ThreeSF will be available in the weeks ahead.

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Funny, I couldn't help but think the same thing :)

But really, do they need yet another company? Unless they're trynig to combat future monopoly lawsuits by claiming to be a multimedia corporation instead of just games - film and music are areas they don't yet have the market under their control. Yet.

At this rate there'll eventually be like 3 companies left in the world.