Did Apple Pay Electronic Arts for First Dibs?
Did Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) pay Electronic Arts (NASDAQ:EA) to delay the release of the Android version of Plants vs. Zombies 2? Earlier this week, gaming site Giant Bomb reported on a quote from an Electronics Arts executive that implied Apple had cut a special deal with the company to ensure that the popular mobile game would be available first on iOS.
“Apple gave us a truckload of money to delay the Android version [of Plants vs. Zombies 2],” said Electronic Arts head of mobile Frank Gibeau, according to Giant Bomb’s Patrick Klepek. Gibeau reportedly made the comment at an internal Electronic Arts meeting, and Klepek notes that other sources have confirmed hearing it.
However, both Apple and Electronic Arts have denied that the iPhone maker paid the video game company to secure an exclusive first release of Plants vs. Zombies 2. According to Giant Bomb, an Apple spokesperson said the allegations were “not true.”