Electronic Arts, also known as EA, is an American developer, marketer, publisher, and distributor of computer and video games. EA is the parent company of Maxis, responsible for the development of Spore and its spin-offs and expansion packs. The company has sparked controversies over its advertising efforts, micro-transactions, and acquisition of other studios.
Established in 1982 by Trip Hawkins, Electronic Arts gradually grew into one of the largest publishers in the gaming industry, in large part due to acquisitions of other companies such as Maxis under Will Wright in June 1997. Currently, the company's most successful products are sports games published under their EA Sports label, games based on popular movie licenses, such as Star Wars, and games from long-running franchises like Mass Effect, Dragon Age, The Sims and Command & Conquer.
Electronic Arts have been responsible for the development of every Maxis game developed since 1997, including Spore, Darkspore and the titles of the Sims series. In 2015, EA closed down the Maxis Emeryville studio in an organisational restructure during which Maxis was re-branded as "EA Maxis"—which continues the development of The Sims 4, and would likely be responsible for any potential revival of Spore.