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Last month’s scare over an expired deal between Electronic Arts and the online games portal Big Fish Games seems to have left little in the way of casualties. While many of the listed games have been removed from Big Fish’s site very few of their PC and console counterparts have been touched one week later.

Double checking the list, the only delisted titles I found were Bookworm Deluxe, Bookworm Adventures and Bookworm Adventures: Volume 2 on Steam. Surprisingly, the PlayStation 3 version of Plants vs. Zombies was also missing but it looks to have been delisted in early 2015. I’m still wary about calling things settled on this one. I’ll be back to check the list again in a month or so.

_blankboxDigital Release:Original digital release date
Delisting:Exact or Approximate date of delisting
Available On:Anywhere it may still be available, online or at retail
Links:Any relevant links not referenced below. Live or archived links.

I’m still feeling my way through the crazy world of copyright law and Intellectual Property rights that are a major cause of delistings. So I’m not entirely sure how to interpret this vague news from EA but seeing a $122 million loss demonstrates how much is at stake when licensing is involved.

“During the first quarter of fiscal 2015 (April – June), Electronic Arts terminated its right to utilize certain intellectual property that the Company had previously licensed and we incurred a loss of $122 million on the corresponding license commitment.”

With no further details in their recent earnings report I can only guess as to what IPs were involved, though the following news from Big Fish Games may offer some indication. On June 1st the digital game distributor will be removing a staggering 56 EA/PopCap titles from its storefront including franchises like Zuma, Peggle, Bejeweled and many more. It’s not clear if this is the end of a specific deal with Big Fish Games or if their removal is part of EA’s IP losses.

If the latter turns out to be true then these games will also be removed from Xbox Live Arcade, PlayStation Network and any other digital platforms they were published on. That would mark the end for some of the oldest Xbox 360 releases including Heavy Weapon, Astropop, Feeding Frenzy and others. Check out the full list after the cut and hold tight for a potential delisting D-Day in June.