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:
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.
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.