Apple Denies Paying EA to Delay Plants vs. Zombies 2 on Android [UPDATED]

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Since no one has said it... SCOOOOOPS!!!!

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This and the iPhone 5c may indicate that Steve Jobs may have been holding Apple back from aggressively going after two markets he didn't like: gamers and the conservative spenders. It will be interesting to see if they lose there "Eliteness" as a result of these decisions.

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#103  Edited By KaneRobot

Gee, and I seem to recall Apple always saying they weren't worried about Android competition.

I guess holding a smaller and smaller market share will change even the most arrogant minds.

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#104  Edited By niamahai

Giantbomb.

The sneakiest of press sneak fucks.

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#107  Edited By Xeirus

I don't know why but "Giant Bomb stands by the original quoting of Gibeau's comments." sounds super bad ass to me. It makes me feel like Patrick is calling out Apple's bullshit

It is badass. Apple basically called Patrick a liar and he just says "Nope, it's you"

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"Giant Bomb stands by the original quoting of Gibeau's comments."

Patrick you da man!

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Uh Patrick is confirming that that is what Gibeau said, not taking some moral stand against Apple.

This isn't anything new. They brokered a deal for exclusivity. Not only that, Android isn't exactly a cash cow. It's win win for PopCap.

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@xeirus said:

@murderslingshot said:

I don't know why but "Giant Bomb stands by the original quoting of Gibeau's comments." sounds super bad ass to me. It makes me feel like Patrick is calling out Apple's bullshit

It is badass. Apple basically called Patrick a liar and he just says "Nope, it's you"

I think the point is it might have been a poor choice of words on Gibeau's part but the words quoted are accurate.

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Since no one has said it... SCOOOOOPS!!!!

SCOOOOOOOPS! Git em!

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I know that gaming : Apple :: water : vinegar is an outdated notion, but it's still funny to see Cupertino making a move to support something gaming related.

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Patrick has been breaking a lot of big stories lately! Its awesome!

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#114  Edited By Akyho

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@professoress

: The news at the start is "Apple has paid for Exclusivity on Android" thats news, since I am sure there are Android owners wondering if it will come to Android. More so if its already available for Chinese Android market, its a little amiss that china has it on android and everywhere else doesn't.

The main part of the news is being told by an EA rep they were "paid truckloads of money" by apple for the exclusivity. Then apple denies what an EA rep said to a room full of journalists. Its the fact one of these two parties are lying and the EA dude used some weird terms.

So someone is lying and people just don't like being lied too. If apple was open about it this wouldn't be much news than a simple "Its exclusive to apple for a time period." everyone wanting it on android would just go "aww." instead there are lies involved and a certain amount of "unfairity" due to Chinese having it on android already which this makes it a concerning issue.

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This is huge. Shows that Apple has moved on from Steve Job's core philosophies and sees gaming as a viable revenue stream. I expect other deals of this nature in future leaving us Android users in the dust.

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I'm not sure why this would surprise anyone. Like EA doesn't have the resources for a simultaneous launch?

Apple can keep this money whoring F2P shitfest anyway.

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#117  Edited By JesterPC238

It's weird that Apple's being cagey about it, it's not like there's anything wrong with exclusivity deals.

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Man, thats so petty.

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What I don't understand is why, the amount of people who own both Android and Apple devices can't be that huge, and I refuse to believe that PvZ is a killer app which sells devices.

This just seems like paranoia coming from Apple.

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#120  Edited By yukoasho

Interesting that Apple is denying this now. It's a sad day indeed when I find myself believing EA more than anyone else in a confrontation.

@pxabstraction said:

"What would drive Apple to strike such a deal with EA? Plants vs. Zombies 2 has launched on Android in China, and it’s outselling the iPhone version of the game six-to-one in that market"

But...but...I thought no one bought software on Android, especially in China where everyone supposedly pirates everything. At least, that's what the tech press constantly says and the tech press is always based in astutely researched facts!

Well, free-to-play is ENORMOUS in Southeast Continental Asia. It's pretty much the only way to make money on software over there, and it apparently works like a motherfucker.

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I like the way you report in articles Pat, keep it up!

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I heard that Microsoft apparently used a boat load of cash to get Epic to create Gears of War!! SCANDAL!

My friend said his dad works for Sony and that they paid a car boot full of cash to get The Witness exclusive on the PS4.

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Apple bought an exclusive in territories outside of China. Isn't this normal practice in this industry? I mean this is a quote from an internal meeting held in a town hall! It's hardly WikiLeaks level of secrecy going on here. Some kid probably stuck his head in through the window and heard this.

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#123  Edited By BisonHero

@niamahai said:

Giantbomb.

The sneakiest of press sneak fucks.

Word.

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No company should be allowed to do this. It's one thing to pay to develop a game that might not otherwise come to fruition. But to just pay (even with comarketing) to make your competitor's platform worse (even for a while) is anti-competitive.

It sucked with Rock Band 2. It sucks with this.

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I know you can't reveal sources, but how did you even find out about this quote? Do you know someone at EA who came to you first, or was it like "LOL he totally said this" and the reporter in you ran with it?

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@mnzy said:

@benderunit22 said:

I don't know why this is a news story, regardless of whether it's true or not. For one, is PvZ2 such a huge blockbuster game that people care about it that much? I mean, the Bombcast was pretty sour on it after the whole micro-transaction deal.

Secondly, the practice of "buying" exclusivity is nothing new. Microsoft has done it by the dozens with various XBLA titles and full games such as Braid, BioShock, Lost Planet, etc. and Sony has been starting to secure console exclusivity for various PS4 titles as well.

1. Well, yes.

2. For Apple it is. It says alot about how they think about games now. They completely ignored them before.

1. People downloading a free app by the millions, stop the presses! Until I see android users rioting in front of Apple headquarters, I don't think it's a big deal.

2. But Apple claims they didn't pay any money, i.e. that they don't think about games that much.

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Consoles have exclusives, why can't smart phones?

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So, how does this pencil financially for Apple? Do they assess a fee from publishers of F2P games for each download off the app store? They couldn't possibly think exclusivity on the iOS platform would drive hardware sales, could they?

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#129  Edited By afterland

@flippyandnod said:

No company should be allowed to do this. It's one thing to pay to develop a game that might not otherwise come to fruition. But to just pay (even with comarketing) to make your competitor's platform worse (even for a while) is anti-competitive.

It sucked with Rock Band 2. It sucks with this.

Competition is demonstrating your competitor is worse. If Android doesn't have access to this popular property, then they should work harder to fill the void or do better.

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#130  Edited By tebbit

I'm not surprised Apple are doing this. Their App Store has the perception of being more curated, and of higher quality than the Play store, it makes sense that Apple would spend money on title exclusivity to keep that perception alive and well.

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Both PocketGamer and TouchArcade is reporting saying EA is claiming the quote is taken out of context, apologizing for any confusion and states that the reports of a paid relationship between Apple and EA is factually inaccurate.

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#132  Edited By Rhiley

Breaking news - Scumbag company acts like scumbag, details at 11.

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Does this explain why Android hasn't got Ifruit yet?

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@jaks said:

I'm not sure why this would surprise anyone. Like EA doesn't have the resources for a simultaneous launch?

Apple can keep this money whoring F2P shitfest anyway.

Agreed

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@niamahai said:

Giantbomb.

The sneakiest of press sneak fucks.

HA. Actually spat out my green tea at my desk at work. Well done.

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#137  Edited By Tychoid

Uh oh, someone whose name rhymes with hat-trick pep-pick has a hate on for a certain fruit-themed company. C'mon Patrick duder. I love ya man, but research just a SMIDGEN bit more before you start one-sided smear campaigns. Or we're gonna have to start throwing out terms like "journalistic integrity."

Or did you intentionally leave out that Android app software vendors (i.e. Amazon) have been doing this for yeaaaaaaars in backroom deals: eg. Angry Birds, PvZ 1, Scribblenauts, etc etc etc.

Congrats on the huge number of hits pulled in to the site, though.

Edit: please please please don't turn Giant Bomb into another Kotaku. There's already a Kotaku for that.

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Does this mean Apple cares about games now?

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To most of the iOS users I know, games are simply a secondary use of their devices. They play them, but it's not something that drives their buying decisions.

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@tychoid said:

Uh oh, someone whose name rhymes with hat-trick pep-pick has a hate on for a certain fruit-themed company. C'mon Patrick duder. I love ya man, but research just a SMIDGEN bit more before you start one-sided smear campaigns. Or we're gonna have to start throwing out terms like "journalistic integrity."

Or did you intentionally leave out that Android app software vendors (i.e. Amazon) have been doing this for yeaaaaaaars in backroom deals: eg. Angry Birds, PvZ 1, Scribblenauts, etc etc etc.

Congrats on the huge number of hits pulled in to the site, though.

Edit: please please please don't turn Giant Bomb into another Kotaku. There's already a Kotaku for that.

.... you honestly think Patrick ran this story because he hates Apple and wanted clickbait? please do a SMIDGEN bit more research on your journalists first.

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The delay to Android isn't bothering me at all. After watching the quick look the pricing in this game has sent me from huge PvZ1 fan to never gonna play PvZ. I'd rather buy horse armor.

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@tychoid said:

Uh oh, someone whose name rhymes with hat-trick pep-pick has a hate on for a certain fruit-themed company. C'mon Patrick duder. I love ya man, but research just a SMIDGEN bit more before you start one-sided smear campaigns. Or we're gonna have to start throwing out terms like "journalistic integrity."

Or did you intentionally leave out that Android app software vendors (i.e. Amazon) have been doing this for yeaaaaaaars in backroom deals: eg. Angry Birds, PvZ 1, Scribblenauts, etc etc etc.

Congrats on the huge number of hits pulled in to the site, though.

Edit: please please please don't turn Giant Bomb into another Kotaku. There's already a Kotaku for that.

.... you honestly think Patrick ran this story because he hates Apple and wanted clickbait? please do a SMIDGEN bit more research on your journalists first.

I don't think he hates apple, but it sure smells like clickbait!

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#144  Edited By Zevvion

@tychoid said:

Uh oh, someone whose name rhymes with hat-trick pep-pick has a hate on for a certain fruit-themed company. C'mon Patrick duder. I love ya man, but research just a SMIDGEN bit more before you start one-sided smear campaigns. Or we're gonna have to start throwing out terms like "journalistic integrity."

Or did you intentionally leave out that Android app software vendors (i.e. Amazon) have been doing this for yeaaaaaaars in backroom deals: eg. Angry Birds, PvZ 1, Scribblenauts, etc etc etc.

Congrats on the huge number of hits pulled in to the site, though.

Edit: please please please don't turn Giant Bomb into another Kotaku. There's already a Kotaku for that.

Oh man... the entire point of this news flew way over your head didn't it?

I'll explain it for you in perspectives of the different companies:

Amazon: 'we have games! Fast shipping, all games, exclusive content! Buy from us! Games!'

Android: 'We embrace our open platform for everyone to create games and put them up for sale or free. All games are welcome!'

Apple: 'Games? What are those? We don't believe in them. They are a waste of time and we will never go in a direction to actively try to promote videogames'.

Apple has come out time and time again and said that they will not create a console, they will not develop their own games, they will not make DEALS or anything because they do not believe in games, think they are a waste of time and it is not what the company's vision is.

So, suddenly a deal to get a game exclusive for their platform? This tells us two things.

1. They acknowledge Android more than they usually do. They normally pretend like they aren't even a competitor.

2. They do care about games, at least as a business, despite what they have said for the past 10 years or more about them.

So yes, this is news. I guess Patrick should've explained why this was news so people who aren't familiar with Apple's stance on videogames like you would also understand it.

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Ted Williams the VP of Sales is very well known in the gaming business and is also known to make up stories in order to get a sale. These guys make a huge chunk of change and it isn't surprising that he is rattling off BS in order to make himself look like a champion. The guy has ZERO morals and has no friends other than those he can grub money from.

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#148  Edited By ticklefist

I wonder what Frank Gibeau does that makes up for his mouth.

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