E3 2013: EA denies that they asked Microsoft to implement DRM
During E3 yesterday, Polygon sat down with Peter Moore (Chief Operating Officer at EA) and had a brief interview.
Polygon stated, “The narrative I’ve heard is that EA lobbied hard to have the hardware companies come up with a solution so you guys are not faffing around with online passes and you’re not losing potential used game profits to retailers.”
Moore replied, “Absolutely incorrect. As the guy who is the chief operating officer of Electronic Arts I can tell you that EA did not aggressively lobby for the platform holders to put some gating function in there to allow or disallow used games. I am on record as being a proponent of used games. I like the ecosystem. I like the fact that it’s kept pricing at a good level for eight years. I like the fact that someone can buy a physical game and see some equity in that game. That keeps GameStop vibrant and they are a great launch and marketing partner for us.”
He further goes on to state, “EA has never had a conversation, and I have been present at all of them, with all of the manufacturers, saying you must put a system in place that allows us to take a piece of the action or even stop it. Absolutely incorrect.”
Is EA telling the truth here or are they trying to cover their own tracks, so to speak, in order to avoid gamer backlash?