Alpha Centauri trademarks registered by EA

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Alpha Centauri

A clutch of Alpha Centauri trademarks have been gobbled up by EA, report Eurogamer. The trademark applications were spotted by NeoGaf, and cover an online service and computer game software. EA originally published Firaxis' cosmic take on the Civilization formula way back in 1999.

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