Redwood City, CA, United States
Redwood City, CA, United States

Electronic Arts, Inc. , also known as EA Games, is an American developer, marketer, publisher and distributor of video games headquartered in Redwood City, California, United States. Founded and incorporated on May 28, 1982 by Trip Hawkins, the company was a pioneer of the early home computer games industry and was notable for promoting the designers and programmers responsible for its games. In 2011 Electronic Arts was the world's third-largest gaming company by revenue after Nintendo and Activision Blizzard.Currently, EA develops and publishes games under several labels including EA Sports titles Madden NFL, FIFA, NHL, NCAA Football, NBA Live, and SSX. Other EA labels produce established franchises such as Battlefield, Need for Speed, The Sims, Medal of Honor, Command & Conquer, as well as newer franchises such as Dead Space, Mass Effect, Dragon Age, Army of Two, Titanfall and Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, produced in partnership with LucasArts. EA also owns and operates major gaming studios, EA Tiburon in Orlando, EA Canada in Burnaby, BioWare in Edmonton as well as Montreal, and DICE in Sweden. Wikipedia.


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An example method of generating three-dimensional objects based on two-dimensional images of at least part of the object may include receiving a rendering transaction request. The method may further include transmitting, to the requestor, a rendering transaction response identifying a first storage location. The method may further include receiving, from the requestor, a notification indicating that images depicting an object have been uploaded to the first storage location. The method may further include transmitting, to a rendering application, a rendering request. The method may further include receiving, from the rendering application, a rendering response indicating that a polygonal mesh representing the images has been stored at a second storage location. The method may further include producing, using the polygonal mesh, a preview image and storing the preview image at a third storage location. The method may further include transmitting, to the requestor, a notification of completion of the rendering transaction.


Patent
Electronic Arts | Date: 2015-08-11

An example method of transforming polygonal meshes by sub-polychord collapse may include identifying, among a plurality of sub-polychords of a given size, a seed sub-polychord having an optimal value of a metric associated with collapsing the respective sub-polychord. The example method may further include identifying a first test value of the metric for a first test sub-polychord comprising the seed sub-polychord and a first adjacent edge, and further identifying a second test value of the metric for a second test sub-polychord comprising the seed sub-polychord and a second adjacent edge. The example method may further include, responsive to determining a minimum of the first test value of the metric and the second test value of the metrics is less than a base value of the metric for the seed sub-polychord, transforming the seed sub-polychord by adding an adjacent edge that produces a test sub-polychord having the minimum test value.


An example method of generating three-dimensional visual objects representing a person based on two-dimensional images of at least a part of the persons body may include receiving a first polygonal mesh representing a human body part, wherein the first polygonal mesh is compliant with a target application topology. The example method may further include receiving a second polygonal mesh representing the human body part, wherein the second polygonal mesh is derived from a plurality of images of a person. The example method may further include modifying at least one of the first polygonal mesh or the second polygonal mesh to optimize a value of a metric reflecting a difference between the first polygonal mesh and the second polygonal mesh.


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Agency: GTR | Branch: EPSRC | Program: | Phase: Training Grant | Award Amount: 4.57M | Year: 2014

EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Digital Entertainment University of Bath and Bournemouth University The Centre for Digital Entertainment (CDE) supports innovative research projects in digital media for the games, animation, visual effects, simulation, cultural and healthcare industries. Being an Industrial Doctorate Centre, CDEs students spend one year being trained at the university and then complete three years of research embedded in a company. To reflect the practical nature of their research they submit for an Engineering Doctorate degree. Digital media companies are major contributors to the UK economy. They are highly-respected internationally and find their services in great demand. To meet this demand they need to employ people with the highest technical skills and the imagination to use those skills to a practical end. The sector has become so successful that the shortage of such people now constrains them from expanding further. Our Doctoral Training Centre is already addressing that and has become the national focus for this kind of training. We do this by combining core taught material with an exciting and unusual range of activities designed to challenge and extend the students knowledge beyond the usual boundaries. By working closely with companies we can offer practical challenges which really push the limits of what can be done with digital media and devices, and by the people using them. We work with many companies and 40-50 students at any one time. As a result we are able to support the group in ways which would not be possible for individual students. We can place several students in one company, we can send teams to compete in programming competitions, and we can send groups to international training sessions. This proposal is to extend and expand this successful Centre. Major enhancements will include use of internationally leading industry experts to teach Master Classes, closer cooperation between company and university researchers, business training led by businesses and options for international placements in an international industry. We will replace the entire first year teaching with a Digital Media programme specifically aimed at these students as a group. The graduates from this Centre will be the technical leaders of the next generation revolution in this fast-moving, demanding and exciting industry.


Patent
Electronic Arts | Date: 2016-02-10

A mesh simplification system receives three-dimensional (3D) polygonal mesh of a 3D object. The mesh simplification system identifies a component of the (3D) polygonal mesh, having a first surface area size being less than a second surface area size of the 3D polygonal mesh, wherein the component comprises a set of topologically interconnected surfaces that are modeled as a separate structure from the 3D polygonal mesh. The mesh simplification system then automatically generates a simplified version of the component by removing a back surface from the component, wherein the simplified version the component comprises fewer polygons than the component.


Patent
Electronic Arts | Date: 2016-01-04

In one embodiment, a method provides a game for a first player. The method receives timing information for a second player that competed in a first instance of the game participated in by the second player and determines a set of parameters for an opponent in a second instance of the game based on the timing information. The second player started competing in the first instance of the game before the second instance of the game is started. Then, the opponent is created based on the set of parameters for the second instance of the game. After which, the method provides the second instance of the game in which the first player competes with the opponent. The opponent is automatically controlled in the second instance of the game by a game controller to perform according to the set of parameters.


Patent
Electronic Arts | Date: 2015-03-31

A portion of a simulated element of a graphical simulation available for modification is identified in view of a cursor location associated with a user input device. The identified portion of the simulated element is selected for modification. The selected portion of the simulated element is then modified according to a direct manipulation of a display of the selected portion of the simulated element by a user using the user input device.


Patent
Electronic Arts | Date: 2016-03-18

A mesh that includes a polychord with edges may be received. A first mesh simplification operation may be performed with the mesh to remove the edges of the polychord and to generate a first simplified mesh. Guide planes may be generated based on the first simplified mesh. Furthermore, a second mesh simplification operation may be performed with a combination of the mesh with the guide planes to remove the edges of the polychord based on the guide planes and to generate a second simplified mesh.


Patent
Electronic Arts | Date: 2016-03-02

A polygonal mesh is received and the edges and vertices of the polygonal mesh are analyzed. A positive (e.g., convex or protruding) feature may be identified where the positive feature is bound by a non-concave edge (e.g., a convex edge or a planar edge). A negative (e.g., concave or receding) feature may also be identified where the negative feature is bound by a non-convex edge (e.g., a concave edge or a planar edge).


Patent
Electronic Arts | Date: 2016-02-01

A computerized method operable on a computer system for compositing data streams to generate a playable composite stream includes receiving a plurality of independent data streams that are included in a broadcast stream. The independent data streams include a video stream and a metadata stream. The metadata stream includes a plurality of user selectable graphics metadata for a plurality of graphics options. The computerized method further includes receiving a user selection for at least one of the graphics options; and compositing the at least one graphics option with the video stream to generate a composite video stream, which includes the at least one graphics option and the video stream.

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