The Deal’s Done: EA Acquires Playfish For $275 Million Up-Front, Plus $100 Million Earnout

Playfish said no once, twice … but perhaps the third time was the charm. The hot social gaming company has been acquired by *Electronic Arts*, in a deal potentially worth $400 million. Previous reports pegged the price at around $250 million.

EA will pay $275 million in cash, as well as $25 million in equity retention arrangements. Playfish CEO Kristian Segerstrale and the rest of the team also have the opportunity to make $100 million in earnout — provided they hit specific performance goals by the end of 2011. London-based Playfish was backed by around $21 million in funding from Index Ventures and Accel Partners; it will become part of EA Interactive (EAi), the company’s web and wireless-facing division.