Apple denies paying EA to delay Plants vs. Zombies 2 on Android

Spokesperson for iPhone company says recent report of Apple paying "truckload of money" to have EA delay Android version of free-to-play game is "not true."

Apple did not pay Electronic Arts a "truckload" of money to delay free-to-play game Plants vs. Zombies 2 on Android, a spokesperson told GameSpot sister site Giant Bomb today.

The spokesperson said no money was exchanged.

Apple's statement comes after Giant Bomb reported today that the Cupertino, California technology giant paid for Plants vs. Zombies 2 to be an iOS-exclusive at launch.

"Apple gave us a truckload of money to delay the Android version [of Plants vs Zombies 2]," EA Labels president Frank Gibeau reportedly said today during a town hall meeting.

This quote was confirmed to Giant Bomb by "several" sources who attended Gibeau's presentation today.

Giant Bomb contacted PopCap Games to confirm, but a spokesperson stated that, "we can't comment on internal meetings."

Plants vs. Zombies 2 launched in July as an iOS-exclusive and has been downloaded nearly 25 million times to date. The game is available on Android in China, where it is outselling the iOS version six-to-one, according to Gibeau.

The Android version of Plants vs. Zombies will be released across the world in a month or two, Gibeau said.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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146 comments
telaros
telaros

Wait... I WASN'T supposed to install the game for another 2 months on my android? Shoot. Why you no tell me these things sooner?!

*continues to play chinese PvZ2, superior version* /problem?

jayelcey
jayelcey

It's free to play anyways, so who cares?

aussiemuscle
aussiemuscle

"Apple did not pay Electronic Arts a "truckload" of money to delay free-to-play game on Android"

This is true, Apple paid them to release IPHONE version early. that's a totally different thing. ":P

Gankstar_VX84
Gankstar_VX84

Crapple is the true enbodyment of ignorance and cunty modernisation.

zintarr
zintarr

Of course they did...Apple sucks.

Hvac0120
Hvac0120

Microsoft doesn't have many games made by their own studios. Instead they throw "truckloads" of money at Developers/Publishers for the exclusive rights to their games and content.

Sony and Nintendo do it to a lesser extent since they both have large pools of high quality first party developers.

If Apple was to make a move like this it wouldn't be surprising.

PixelAddict
PixelAddict

Well yeah... what ELSE would they say.

I've played it.  I like it.  Similar to the first, and I liked that one, too.

jflkdjs
jflkdjs

That's just so low of Apple, hypocrites :P

Luis_cortez
Luis_cortez

The Android version of Plants vs. Zombies will be released across the world in a month or two??????? This is ridculous..... Useless devs...

Shanks_D_Chop
Shanks_D_Chop

More work went into that trailer than ever went into the game itself. Always very telling.

jtthegame316
jtthegame316

This kind of practice is the fault of the people. i mean if people really did not like these practices which i don't. they would not of brought the ps 1 as that was riddle with this kind of practice. one of many reasons i did not ever buy a ps 1. i am not into sleazy tactics like this put together with hype machines.

FULGOREY2K
FULGOREY2K

that's shocking, apple ditching some money.....NOT

blackothh
blackothh

Maybe a briefcase of money, but either way, I bet there is some truth in it.

Toplinkar
Toplinkar

Well, consoles work like that too, so it was a matter of time before it happened in the mobile space.


tbh, I played the original on PC, plan to play it on the pc again, so call me when it hits Steam. :)

ahmad1080
ahmad1080

Fanboys are responsible for all rumors 

TigusVidiks
TigusVidiks

so, the president says it openly, and then  a spokesman comes to deny it. Who will I believe?

dipdish
dipdish

I will play it on Android. Sorry, Apple.

LADIES_MAN_2013
LADIES_MAN_2013

For some reason i LOLed hard while reading this article. 

"Truckload of money" lol

ScouseNineSix
ScouseNineSix

I don't get why they (Apple) would want a timed exclusive on a free to download game anyway? Do Apple get a cut of the micro transactions? I thought all those proceedings would go directly into EA pockets?

so_hai
so_hai

If it weren't true, Apple would be filing suit against Frank Gibeau and/or EA. Their inaction is consistent with his claim.

keyb0red
keyb0red

LOL, they should name it

Fruit Vs Android

xsonicchaos
xsonicchaos

I have not farted just before, that was not me.

d33pak001
d33pak001

The game isnt so good anyway......the start is good...but then it starts showing that it's free...

obsequies
obsequies

anyone who hasn't played it yet, it's not that great. Like a free to play ad on. 

obsequies
obsequies

It wouldn't have caused any controversy if they admitted to timed release agendas as it's nothing new in the industry. So why exactly did they do it? most likely the fact that droid users want a phone with themes, are the general buyer and don't pay up as compared to ios. Not to mention that they could have released the ios version before the android build was ready to be shipped.

AceBalls
AceBalls

As long as it comes out eventually on Android, then I'm happy with that. At least Kingdom Rush Frontiers Android comes out tomorrow ;P  That'll keep me going!

chatphon
chatphon

pay for timed-exclusive well.. that business but pay for delay it on other platform that ugly-business i'm sure EA asked Apple a lot of 'R-U-SURE"

kng
kng

Where is the PC version!!

arqe
arqe

Everyone does that. Why deny it ...

BrokenChaos666
BrokenChaos666

Both EA and Apple are "evil" companies so I'm actually inclined to believe money was exchanged regardless of what they may say. Greed rules all, unfortunately.

raziel2kain
raziel2kain

who knows their plans.

behind the curtain, the managers are just businessmen for making more and more money.

DarkReign2552
DarkReign2552

Ok... who cares if they did? Apple paid to gain exclusivity rights temporarily, though in a less direct way than how, say Microsoft, would approach a timed exclusivity agreement. Not a big deal. I'm just wondering where the hell my console version is. Hell, I'll even take a W8/WP8 version so I can get it on my laptop. Big fan of the first one on my 360 and I have zero interest in Call of Plants vs Zombies.

armpitpuncher
armpitpuncher

@jtthegame316 
Actually, this started on the NES, and was precisely the reason it was so successful.

armpitpuncher
armpitpuncher

@ScouseNineSix 
It's not just the microtransactions, but platform sales.  I was watching a Let's Player (NintendoCapriSun) who actually took his android phone back to the store to exchange for an IPhone just so he could play this game.

Toplinkar
Toplinkar

@ScouseNineSix IF memeory serves, Apple takes a 30% cut of everything sold in their store. Micro-transactions included.


It is the same (or at least similar) in every online store, whoever runs it gets a cut from anything sold there. Steam, Sony (PSN) , Microsoft (Marketplace) and so forth.

Gen007
Gen007

@ScouseNineSix 

Im pretty sure apple gets a cut of the profits from apps on app store and you you can make a game free but the generally means its ad supported or has microtrasnactions which once again im sure apple is getting a cut.

bilboad
bilboad

@chatphon I don't understand the difference between the two things you're mentioning.  Doesn't timed-exclusive imply delaying release on other platforms?

d33pak001
d33pak001

@kng Im sure it would never come to PC...atleast not very soon

TigusVidiks
TigusVidiks

@arqe not really. Nobody pays to get a game delayed oin the competition. They pay  , in advance, to get  timed exclusives at launch, legally and openly.Not to delay something that was already announced for both. There is a difference. 

ScouseNineSix
ScouseNineSix

@armpitpuncher @ScouseNineSix Ahh I see, thanks for clearing that up guys. I now see why they would want a timed exclusive. Hmm. Something went on behind closed doors that's for sure.

chatphon
chatphon

@bilboad @chatphon  hmm my bad for choice of words, i mean i think EA asking Apple to pay if they want to delay (more) like, timed-ex is until oct then EA ask :will you pay us for 50k$ to delay it til Nov. xoxo

bilboad
bilboad

@TigusVidiks @arqe Isn't "timed exclusive" just another way of saying "delayed release on other platforms"?  I honestly don't understand what the difference is. 

armpitpuncher
armpitpuncher

@TigusVidiks @arqe 
Both of those activities require the exact same action from the parties involved, and they result in the exact same outcome.  So can you please enlighten us on the difference?