This means that EA will acquire all the shares tendered in the offer, regardless of whether it reaches the 50 percent threshold (assuming that the acquisition is not hindered or rendered more difficult by circumstances beyond EA's control).
The acceptance period will end on January 20, 2005, and EA does not intend to extend it any further. Payment to shareholders that have tendered, or will tender their shares before the acceptance period expires, is expected to be distributed beginning on or about January 27, 2005.
The other terms and conditions of the offer remain unchanged.
EA reserves the right to acquire additional shares of DICE in the market.