It was revealed during an internal town hall meeting held by Electronic Arts that Apple paid them “truckload” of money to delay the launch of Android version of the Plants vs Zombies 2, a sequel to the highly successful and critically acclaimed mobile game, Plants vs Zombies.
Except in China, Plants vs Zombies 2 has only been launched on iOS.
GiantBomb got this news from Frank Gibeau, who stated during the meeting that:
Apple gave us a truckload of money to delay the Android version [of Plants vs Zombies 2]
It has not been made public how much amount does a “truckload of money” equals to but we’re assuming it is a lot. There are no further details available for this agreement between Apple and EA and Apple has not yet responded to the news.
Having asked a PopCap representative about the news, they said:
We can’t comment on internal meetings
According to the latest update on Giant Bomb, Apple has denied any involvement in this matter. GiantBomb insists that their original statement was true and stands by it.
Such business practices show that Apple is taking the path of traditional video game platform holder where such deals are common in securing timed exclusives for their platforms.
Plants vs Zombies 2 has already been released in China for the Android platform and reportedly by Frank Gibeau’s comments, it is outselling the iOS version by six-to-one.
The Android version will be made available all over by next month.
Does this move mean Apple is now threatened by Android in the games department as well, with Android versions of games ending up superior? Let us know in the comments below.