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Microsoft Xbox Live Not Backed by Biggest Game Makers (thanks HomeLan Fed) describes the difficulties MS is having getting a pair of gaming giants from signing on as Xbox live developers:

Eidos, maker of Tomb Raider and Championship Manager soccer games, said it doesn't plan to make games for Xbox Live because Microsoft controls the system and manages subscriptions itself, leaving no incentive for a publisher to collaborate. Sony's approach is to sell just the equipment needed to connect to other's services, such as those run by game makers.

``We're not supporting Xbox Live for the time being because we don't feel comfortable with Microsoft's business model -- they own the consumer,'' said Eidos Chief Executive Mike McGarvey in an interview on March 6. The company is developing games for Sony's PlayStation 2 online system, because ``Sony is more of a partner,'' he said.

Redwood City, California-based Electronics Arts, which makes titles such as ``2002 FIFA World Cup'' and ``NHL 2003'' for the Xbox console, said it's also reluctant to join Microsoft's system. ``We have no plans for online games with Xbox because we couldn't agree on the terms,'' said spokesman Jeff Brown, reiterating a position held since last May.

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20. Re: Hehe Mar 16, 2003, 19:13 Jensen
If the game isn't updated every month, I don't see why the developer should be paid every month. Microsoft provides a service (servers), the devopers don't.
No PC games have monthly fees except Massivly Multiplayer Online Games.
I think Live has been successful because it is simple. Just buy the headset and CD, and you can go online anytime with any game. People like consoles because they are simple to use

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