EA & Ubisoft

EA Invests in UbiSoft Entertainment (thanks Frans) has the unexpected announcement that Electronic Arts has acquired just under 20% of Ubisoft:
REDWOOD CITY, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dec. 20, 2004--Electronic Arts today announced an investment in international game developer and publisher UbiSoft Entertainment, headquartered in Rennes, France. The investment represents approximately 19.9 percent interest in the company -- shares purchased as a block from Talpa Beheer B.V. to be completed upon obtaining antitrust clearance from the U.S. government. Financial terms were not disclosed.
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if there's going to be a monopoly on publishers, I'd really rather anyone other than EA :/

I oppose any sort of monopolization of the industry. We wouldn't even have much of an industry if it wasn't for mod teams and independent developers. Just take a look at a few that succeeded and truly advanced game development by staying true to their vision, or when compared to EA, even having a vision at all:

id (and Raven, etc)
Epic
Crytek
2015 (and Infinity Ward, etc)
Bioware
Ion Storm (for Thief, Deus Ex)
Valve
Akella
(Apologies to anyone that I didn't mention)

So what has EA done for the industry compared to them? EA won't even put out mod tools for their games!

EA is a sweatshop, they're the Microsoft of the game industry, putting out the same **** year after year, or putting out mediocre derivatives of original games. Yeah, it's good "business," but it's not good for anything else.

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