How loyal do you think developers are going to be after a hostile takeover? It’s obvious DICE doesn’t want to be part of your empire – they are happy to simply make the games they want and then contract with you to publish them. You then make millions selling the games; where’s the problem? Why do you feel the need to absorb them into the Collective?
This should be a warning to developers: yes, you can go public and make yourselves rich, but you also open yourself up to crap like this. If you really want to keep your self-determination, stay private. Make your money slowly over the long run. Otherwise you’ll be snapped up and your good job will turn into yet another EA deathgrind.