EA Wants No Help From Jack Thompson in T2 Takeover Bid

March 5, 2008 -
GamePolitics readers will recall last week's report detailing Miami attorney Jack Thompson's generous offer to assist Electronic Arts in its bid to acquire Grand Theft Auto publisher Take Two Interactive.

While we assumed EA would simply ignore Thompson, the game publisher has chosen to administer a public slap, instead. Apparently, EA has not forgotten Thompson's bizarre, 2005 attack on its beloved Sims franchise. Here's the text of EA's letter:
Mr. Thompson,

We have received your letter to EA’s shareholder site.  In response to your offer to assist in the proposed acquisition of Take-Two, we would strongly prefer that you not get involved in this matter.  EA is a strong supporter of creative freedom for game developers.  We feel that your past statements – including false claims about content in our games – make any collaboration with you impossible.

Sincerely,
Mariam Sughayer
Sr. Manager Corporate Communications
Electronic Arts, Inc.

GP: Good call by EA. Trying to ignore Thompson in the hope that he will just go away has been a mistake the video game industry has repeated time and again.

UPDATE: GP has received a comment from Thompson:
I've just seen excerpts at Gamasutra.  That's fine.  Then I'll be involved at the Take-Two shareholders meeting.  Oh, and EA's improper collaboration with modders of the Sims was and is absolutely correct.  

Comments

Ahhhhh..... THAT'S funny.
I can see it now.......

EA: Jack Thompson! C'mere! Got a joke for ya!

Jack: Huh?

EA: What did the five fingers..... say to the face?

Jack: ?

EA : *SLAP*

In true Scottish style: GET IT RIGHT UP YE Jack Thompson

Gamers are undivided in the fight against Jack Thompson and similar idiots who want to force the government into telling us adults what games we can and can not play, and so are game companies.

Glad to see EA will try to get Ea in a respectiful manner

R.I.P Gary Gygax

I usually don't say this but OWNED. I was expecting EA to turn down his offer but this is just a slap to the face.

@Viralhunter

I understand what you say, and for the same reason you say before, the Mass Effect affair points he earned were quickly expended.

EA got to be the most split company I ever seen. On one side, they have great companies, making great games. They got people like Peter Moore, Will Right, Bioware, Criterion, etc (I would now put Mariam Sughayer on that list). But they also have idiots that make bad games like Catwoman, sports games(releasing a new one every year, and 2 fifa games per year) and god forbid, ET.

[...] Jack Thompson Fires Back at EA, Says He Has a Client with a T2 Claim March 06th, 2008 | Category: Gaming News …so by now you’ve read Electronic Arts stinging dismissal of controversial attorney Jack Thompson’s offer to help it acquire Take Two Interactive. We’ve just received from Thompson that copy of his response to EA: I have in the last few days been contacted by a company with whom Take-Two does business.  that company is now my client.  [...]

Oooh... You want a tissue Jack?

Or are you going to sue them too, now?

ZING!

Ouch!

of course. who would want to work with jack thompson? always controlling everything.

They seem to be taking all the right PR steps at the moment, they just need to release more games without numbers at the end of the title....

OWNED

Well what else can they say to him, EA cnt work with him so they have to tell him that, it doesn't mean that they're ignoring him, it means they want him to shut up and stay out of it. It wouldn't be smart for Jack to sue them for some terrible reason on this either as EA has a lot more money than his past opponants and can prolly put 6 feet under legally

"BONK!"

...

Yeah, I've been playing a bit of Team Fortress 2...

whoops misread the article. EA is making a good call, i thought game politics was saying something else, I retract my last statement

LOL BURNED!!!!!!!!! *Does the you got pwn'd dance*

aww, did EA tell him to GFH? Some people never learn (or simply refuse to.)

Another cookie for EA, though... despite the whole maddenopoly thing, but I'm not a real hardcore sports game fan, so that's not my concern.

man you really know you have hit rock bottem when ea doesnt want anything to do with you.

OMG!! To many JT picts back to back! I'm starting to have strange flash backs for thing I never lived through. For a heartbeat I seriously considered that I went the official JT fan club site and we were ready to sing M-I-C-K-E-Y_M-O-U-S-E together. The humanity of it all...

I find it humorous that Jack has to be admonished by a corporation about the effects of his lies and crying wolf. Usually, those are lessons we learn as children...

Hey, there's something wrong with this bridge. It appears burnt.

Haha, owned!

good.

I don't think ignoring Jack is a mistake. The more he gets ignored, the more insane his antics become in order to get attention. At some point he's going to go so far over the top that everyone will have to notice he's been nuttier than a Snickers bar all along.

I was kinda expecting this. EA was so adamant about defending Mass Effect. Looks like they did some research about who Thompson is.

This must be an huge blow for Thompson's ego. Wonder how he took it.

Lawsuit from Jack Thompson in 5, 4, 3, 2, 1...

Pwnd!

My opinion of EA has gone up a few points.

Hey EA, if you're still looking for help, I'm available.

Muhahahahahah. Thats awesome, EA. Thats the best FU letter ever.

Ahahahahahahaha....

That was nicely worded, which makes it a good thing that I'm not Senior Manager of Coporate Communications. Heres how my letter would have read:
"Dear Mr. Thompson,
Bite me, you friggin' douche.
Love, EA"

BURNED!

EA just got a little more respect from me.

How do you get the job to write these sorts of letters for a corporation? Who can honestly say their job description as: "I get to call people D-Bags in the most polite way possible".

I may never say this again, so savor it... kudos EA on a job well done.

Jack Thompson throws a tantrum in 5, 4, 3, 2, 1...

Man if I was EA I would a lot more fun. Maybe tell him he can help if were to public state he was wrong, or do something humiliating, then tell him no. But thats just me.

I can see Jack's response now...

"Dear ass-faced, pedophilic, brain-dead, nerds and murderers at EA,

You've just dug your own grave. I'll see you in court for slander and libel. Govern yourselves accordingly. Hooah.

Jack Thompson"

This is the most hilarious thing I've read in a while. Wow, Jack's sucking up lead to him getting served HARD.

PWNED :lol:

Or in this case, "HOOAH!"

Unruly:

Actually he's probably just gonna say that EA's rejection is EA playing right into his hands, and that the letter fits perfectly into JT's plans.

If there's one thing that has to be said about JT, it's sure hard to get him down. what an optimist.

[...] GamePolitics readers will recall last week

JT makes false and inflammatory statements about games, and now a game company doesn't want to hear from him when he offers to 'help.' JT reaps what he sows.

(And apparently JT sowed a big ol' sack of pwnage seeds.)

watch this he will then turn around and sue EA

He is wrecking himself.BAD.

well at least he defended mass effect...doesn't that count for something?

@Viralhunter

No.

@ViralHunter

It counted, and then he went on suing people and bad-mouthing games which quickly wiped out any credit he had just earned.

Like Rodrigo Ybáñez García said, no. He's done enough. He should just go in a corner and die.
 
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