Apple Aiming to Take a Big Bite of EA?

May 5, 2009 -

A brief item on TheStreet.com mentions that there are rumors afoot that Apple may be fueling a major move into gaming by attempting to acquire publishing giant Electronic Arts.

Commenting on the speculation, Edge Online notes that Apple has recently hired some execs with game biz background.

TechNewsWorld has more speculation on Apple's gaming ambitions.

UPDATE: VG247 reports that Wedbush-Morgan analyst Michael Pachter pulled no punches in his assessment of the Apple-EA rumor:

To say that it is idiotic would be an insult to all idiots.

Pachter was also blunt in comments to Gamasutra:

Sounds retarded to me.

Apple could buy Warner Music for around $3 billion, and control 20 percent of all recorded music. That makes more sense to their current business model than buying EA for more than twice that, doesn't it?

I don't want to start a rumor, but want to point out that Apple doesn't own any entertainment content, so I don't know why they would feel compelled to enter a new business unrelated to their current product slate.


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Re: Apple Aiming to Take a Big Bite of EA?

Apple = Evil

EA = Evil

Together they'd rival even microsoft in corruption, false advertising, and shoddy products.

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Re: Apple Aiming to Take a Big Bite of EA?

Apple could buy Warner Music for around $3 billion, and control 20 percent of all recorded music. That makes more sense to their current business model than buying EA for more than twice that, doesn't it?

Actually, it don't make much sense to me. If I had ten bucks to invest, I'd drop it in the videogame industry a lot quicker than I'd drop it in the sorry-assed recorded music industry.

Re: Apple Aiming to Take a Big Bite of EA?

Ya i was thinking the same thing, the music industry hasn't been growing much, the fact RIAA has become infamous for their prosecutions is telling me the recorded music industry not doing as well as they would like. Gaming still has more growth potential, who would have ever though apple would have expanded into mp3 players and online music stores when they did? I wouldn't put it past them to expand into an area they currently don't compete in.

then again this is all rumors to begin with now anyways right? who knows? wait and see i suppose :P

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Re: Apple Aiming to Take a Big Bite of EA?

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Re: Apple Aiming to Take a Big Bite of EA?

Maybe if they make their own game division that one commercial's claim that the mac has more fun stuff than the pc would get a smaller amount of laughs from people who know how little games the mac gets (and how much more expensive they are for it)

Re: Apple Aiming to Take a Big Bite of EA?

Does this mean Apple has thought about creating their own video game console?

Re: Apple Aiming to Take a Big Bite of EA?

Twice as expensive as the PS3 and half the functionality, and one button o nthe controller, of would you have to buy a controller seperately as an addon, then update the firmware to use a controller, but can't because there's no controller Then when it passes two years old you need ot buy a new one to play newer games.

Re: Apple Aiming to Take a Big Bite of EA?

The chatter's having zero effect on EA's share price. What happened to the days when a well-placed rumor could pump up a stock's price? If you can't manipulate the market, how the Hell are you supposed to make any money in it?

Re: Apple Aiming to Take a Big Bite of EA?

EA's stockholders are probably a bit more sensible, but how has apple's share been doing?
Since that tends to plummet whenever mr. Jobs even coughs.
This should boost Apple up quite a bit, if this were confirmed I'd expect EA stock to plummet though as big investers would probably see a lot of downsides to the agreement. (and rightly so)

Re: Apple Aiming to Take a Big Bite of EA?

Pretty much any attempt to buy out a company will result in the increase of said companies stock price.

Re: Apple Aiming to Take a Big Bite of EA?

Because Apple and it's consumer base are self-important, whic has a certain soemone found out doesn't mean you're actually important.

Re: Apple Aiming to Take a Big Bite of EA?

I know I hate everyone that does this and I bet it's anoying but...

Deepthorn cheering for the death of EA in 3... 2... 1...

Anyways, I highly doubt this would happen because of the implications of several licenses EA holds, especially the NFL license. In that, this case if EA was forced to make Mac only games, then the NFL license would be in serious trouble of being faced as a true monopoly as NFL games can only be made on Apple only devices. If this were to happen and they were forced to do exclusive games under a single company, I bet you would see a lot of devs like Bioware, DICE, Pandemic, EARS, and all those other guys jump out the window since they cant make games for "everyone".

Re: Apple Aiming to Take a Big Bite of EA?

I'm not sure I see EA being forced to make games for macs only when the vast majority of the PC gamer market is on Windows.

If Apple bought out EA, they would be monumentally stupid not to go dual-platform, which is the direction EA has been moving in lately anyway.
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Re: Apple Aiming to Take a Big Bite of EA?

I was thinking they would release the PC stuff on mac frist then wait a year to put it on the PC...kinda like what MS did witht eh Xbox...

 


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Re: Apple Aiming to Take a Big Bite of EA?

Alot more games in GL instead of DX... Wouldn't be hard at all to port to MS, and even linux would be simpler.

Re: Apple Aiming to Take a Big Bite of EA?

What has come out lately in OpenGL instead of DX? out of curiostiy, or did i misunderstand you?

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Re: Apple Aiming to Take a Big Bite of EA?

If by "everyone" they would mean "artiste" douchebags who wouldn't play their games anyway then yes.

Re: Apple Aiming to Take a Big Bite of EA?

"everyone" meaning literally everyone. Because EA is a third party developer, being picked up by apple effectively means that they are first party.

Re: Apple Aiming to Take a Big Bite of EA?

Ah, my bad.

Re: Apple Aiming to Take a Big Bite of EA?

Im not seeing this happening anytime soon.

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Re: Apple Aiming to Take a Big Bite of EA?

Oh man.  Maybe Apple will enforce Steve Jobbs' wonderful take on software on EA.  You know, where if your iPod is more than a year or two old, you can't get new software for it, so you need to buy another one.

God, it would be like a conglomerate of assholes.  All they need to do now is buy MTV and they've cornered the market on douchebaggery and trendy bullshit.

Re: Apple Aiming to Take a Big Bite of EA?

QFTGT

 


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Re: Apple Aiming to Take a Big Bite of EA?

This post echoes my my sentiments exactly O.o

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Re: Apple Aiming to Take a Big Bite of EA?

Well, if it does happen PC gamers can forget playing The Sims 3

Re: Apple Aiming to Take a Big Bite of EA?

Not just that, if (and that would be a big if) something came out of this combined Apple & EA monster, there would be no support (since "it just works"), the prices would probably tripple. (you're paying for a "premium product" afteral.) And, they'd probably create even more insane DRM measures, since Jobs is a rather paranoid individual, and apple was created in his image.

 

Re: Apple Aiming to Take a Big Bite of EA?

Yeah, they'd likely break into the console game as well. It won't have a manual, and the controller, if it has one ,will likely consister of just a start button and one other button. And it will only have a wall plug as if any device i nyour house isn't wireless it won't work with it.

Re: Apple Aiming to Take a Big Bite of EA?

I hope they will do away with that crappy DRM if this goes through


blog sounds like a kind of vomit :(

Re: Apple Aiming to Take a Big Bite of EA?

We are talking about Apple. The Kings of DRM.

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Re: Apple Aiming to Take a Big Bite of EA?

Except all their music in their store is now DRM-free. So, no.

Re: Apple Aiming to Take a Big Bite of EA?

You are correct, sir.

Besides, wasn't itunes' DRM pretty easy to get around in the first place if you burned the music onto a disc and then ripped it off?
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Re: Apple Aiming to Take a Big Bite of EA?

It's sorta easy to get around but its a P.I.T.A. every time you buy a song to burn it to cd (even using daemon tools) then rip it back off with no ID3 tags, put all the tag info back on and re download the album art to it (keep in mind that since you burned it to CD off itunes, you can't just rip using CDDB info to fill in ID3 info). Not exactly something fun to do everytime you d/l a song, there is also a limit on how many time you can use the burn-to-cd option on protected files.

Also the recent softer DRM (its still drm) just allows you the option of converting to MP3 within itunes, it still gets purchased in a protected AAC so you can't just copy it to a device that can't play aac files. So in itunes you select what you want to convert to mp3 and it'll convert them all nice and neat for you but it is not retroactive to your old purchases and you end up with duplicates in your itunes so when you go to play an album everything plays twice. Old protected AAC files still can not be easily converted and even some new ones will download unable to be converted to straight up MP3 and won't play on all MP3 devices. I was confused about some of my purchases recently cause i thought it was a global thing on all their music but apparently it is not as it didn't let me convert them using the built in option.

Another problem i have with itunes is the way you have to authorize you pc to play the music and you can only authorize 5 PCs. the problem is in that if a machine you authorize becomes inaccessible (HD or motherboard fries, w/e) you can't DEauthorize it, or at least i haven't found an easy way to deauthorize a computer i can no longer access,i now have 2 zombie activations on my account :(

Personally i hate apple products, sure they're sleek but i always feel like its a prison in disguise. I'm moving away from itunes/ipods right about now and towards amazon mp3 on my G1.

the thought of apple buying ea unsettles me but then again I dislike EA as a company ever since they aquired Origin and then DESTROYED IT!

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Re: Apple Aiming to Take a Big Bite of EA?

Thats why the its on the consumer to take the initiative to bypass the DRM to be able to use the stuff they purchased even if such things are a un unenforceable crime.

 


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Re: Apple Aiming to Take a Big Bite of EA?

 oh. hell. no.

Re: Apple Aiming to Take a Big Bite of EA?

my thoughts exactly. just when EA began to do right by gamers (mirror's edge, dead space, burnout paradise even) they would get absorbed by a company that embodies everything they used to do (and still do, somewhat).

 

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Re: Apple Aiming to Take a Big Bite of EA?

Heh... don't see it happening. Unless a dedicated Apple Branch was made just to make apple games.

Re: Apple Aiming to Take a Big Bite of EA?

"Electric Apple" would be an awesome name ... if this was a merger instead of a buyout. :)

Re: Apple Aiming to Take a Big Bite of EA?

It should be a merger. The name "Electric Apple" sounds awesome.

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Re: Apple Aiming to Take a Big Bite of EA?

Apple=posh trash.

Its like MS only they could not buy thier way into the OS market, corse if they get EA they woudl ahve bought thier way intot eh software indutry..

 

Tword be intresting if most EA stuff was ported(from console) to the mac frist then the PC after a year.....

 Also Trent razor had a GTA/hookers/points gaffe over fApple Istore, http://tiny.cc/hC49S

 


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Re: Apple Aiming to Take a Big Bite of EA?

What gaffe? What he says is "or buy a copy of Grand Theft Auto where you can be rewarded for beating up prostitutes."

Kill prostitutes in GTA, they drop money, ergo you get rewarded.

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Re: Apple Aiming to Take a Big Bite of EA?

the way its said he means points, sorry getting youer money back is not a reward....

 


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Re: Apple Aiming to Take a Big Bite of EA?

 Really...really? Can we not get over this already?

I realize that you want to defend the game and all that, but cmon. Let's just accept that it is fact that GTA games reward you for doing bad things. I don't know if it's still like this in GTAIV, but I know in GTAIII you can shoot random civilians and pick up the money they drop.

Yes, it's not points, but everybody here keeps banging on about how it's such a big deal that 'LOL NO! There's no pointz in games! How stupid!". That's not the point here. Fact: You get rewarded in GTA games for doing 'bad' things. This does not make the game evil, nor does it mean the game will rape your children and turn them into murderers.

Can we be done with this now?

Re: Apple Aiming to Take a Big Bite of EA?

One can misconstrue it either way, since its no different than killing anyone else and the money gained is so little one can call that a reward but any sane person would dismiss it since whatever it gained is is practically worthless therefor nothing is rewarded in a practical sense.

This brings up a issue that needs to be bashed down every chance one gets at least for as long as they try and use it as an excuse to bash the game, but more importantly it brings to light the hypocrisies of fApple and Warmart, Wallyweorld in piratical sicne they sell NC17 movies as unrated.

 


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Re: Apple Aiming to Take a Big Bite of EA?

If you cal lgettign hunted down and killed by the cops a reward

Re: Apple Aiming to Take a Big Bite of EA?

It's only 'getting your money back' if you've actually used her.

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Re: Apple Aiming to Take a Big Bite of EA?

That's... weird. Purchasing a company that makes products that work on virtually every electronic device except the ones you sell.

Re: Apple Aiming to Take a Big Bite of EA?

http://store.apple.com/us/browse/home/shop_mac/software/games?mco=NDY3ND...

Need For Speed, The Sims, Madden, and several other EA games show up on that listing. EA started making Mac versions of their games last year.

A better comment would be about purchasing a company in an industry in which you have no game-specific products competing against the current mainstays, especially since your first and only attempt at breaking into said industry failed on arrival.

Re: Apple Aiming to Take a Big Bite of EA?

I don't know about their other games but doesn't Spore at least work on Intel Macs?
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