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

That made my night! Go EA.

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Okay, fine, EA. I give you props for this. Thanks

The only reason JT bowed out of the Mass Effect "scandal" is because he epends time on gaming websites- hoping to find mentions of himself to masturbate to. He found out the whole thing was stupid before he had time to act (remember, the conservative blogger started it first).

JT will either respond to EA by doing one of the following:

A) Sue, or threaten to sue EA.

B) Issue a statement about this being the single greatest thing that has ever happened in his law career- and it being the final weapon he needs to destory TT/R*/videogames.

C) Go on to personally attack Mariam Sughayer for being part of the homosexual conspiracy and being a drug addict.

D) All of the above.

This has made my day (night really, I'm just back from the pub :))

There is only one word that accurately and aptly describes this response. That word is one known to us all, but not to the fuddy-duddies like Jack Thompson who do not understand video games and hate them for that fact. That word my friends is...

PWNED!!11!

laughing so hard at this right now.....


john boy is comedic gold

*Does the Nelson laugh* Ha-Ha, EA hasn't forgotten the Sims 2 accident. Comes back to bite you in the ass, doesn't it Jacky boy?

Sorry for double posting, but I can't edit. I know that Peter Moore now works for EA Sports, and I just bash EA Sports. Peter is a great spokes man, and I hope he could make some changes.

Ah, the proof that ghosts exist.

After all, all the crap John Bruce has done in the past is now coming back to haunt him.

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People don't forget, and it's obvious that EA never forgot his comments about Sims 2. Anyone smell another obvious lawsuit, this time because EA turned him down?

BADA BING!

Dear EA,

Though i do hate you for making CnC3, CnC Generals, MOH:Airborne a flop and all you want is to suck our money...

I'm behind you all the way on JT. STUFF IT DOWN HIS THROAT GOOD!

Does anyone get reminded about that episode of South Park?

The one where Chef wants to change the town flag and Jimbo doesn't and the KKK supports Jimbo and he doesn't want them on his side?

Anybody?

@Aragorn

No, optimists still know they could be wrong and things won't turn out well. Jack is either in denial or completely delusional. Or maybe a little of column A and a lot of column B... A LOT of column B.

Since EA humiliated him now he will be starting trouble over any violent games that they have.

He would be saying stuff like the Thrill Kill leak was a conspiracy from EA to cause children to have a thrill to kill people.

At least I have a better view of EA now.

thank you ea

Jack: Dear EA,
F-k you, you f--kin' f--k faced mother f--kers! Thompson's gonna talk in the third person while he threatens to sue you for slander!You f--kin' f--kers have no f--kin' clue how badly you have f--ked up now! F--K YOU ALL AT EA, ECA, ESA, TT, AND ALSO ROCKSTAR...cause...you know...games are bad and stuff.MUTHA F--KIN' HOOOOOOOOOAAAAAH!
Truly your's
Jack Thompson >>>end spoof by GRIZZAM 512

Ah...now that just gives me warm-sunshine-y feelings.

Well, I was originally going to simply say "BURN," but at least two other people beat me to the punch... oh, well. I honestly thought EA would simply ignore Thompson, as well. But this is so much more satisfying.

The letter still makes me laugh. Hehe...

HA HA HA! Oh, this is the best thing I've read all day!

I've said all along that the new bloke in charge of EA has potential, seems his top staff are taking the lead. All EA need to do now to regain my faith is to support the smaller developers and allow the development of more niche games rather than pure mainstream.

Also: AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHA!!!!!! The most polite bitchslap I've ever seen. I'm sure the politeness of it will infuriate more than the bitchslap part.

While Jack contacted them for publicity, I really think EA is only doing this to get themselves and the merger back in the spotlight.

Nice to see someone dismiss him and bring his past stupid claims back up, but I just can't trust EA's motives.

@Waffles:

BONK! indeed.

-P

FANTASTIC

Great response there Mariam Sughayer. Nice to see a blunt response as well given Jack's tendency to waffle and self-promote.

You can practically -Hear- the pimp slapping EA dealt him from all the way over here in Europe! :O

Chalk up another win for the gaming community!

As J to the T is just being stupid and trying to get back at T2, Its nice to see EA get back for the Sims 2.

However, I don't buy EA games on account of they pretty much all end with a year at the end.

Its upsetting to see a "maddenopoly" situation.

At the end of the day. I just wish Jack would kindly give up.

Age ratings are their for a reason.

People should abide.

EA is a strong supporter of creative freedom for game developers.

I was too lazy to do more than a ctrl+F but am I really the only one commenting on the irony here?

EA has totally walked into JT's trap with this. Or so he will state tomorrow.

Within a week Jack will name EA as a defendant in some court case. Just wait and see.

I'll just Echo Dennis here and say I'm amazed anyone even bothered to respond to the douchebag.

Yet ANOTHER libel suit he'll never be able to pursue in 3...2...

Boom!

EA just earned an extra 5 points of respect from me.

"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. "

LOL. If I take a copy of the Bible, glue pictures of naked women into it and give it children, are the people who published the book guilty of improper collaboration with me? Thompson's claims about the Sims were and are absolute bullshit.

Also, there's no way at all he'll be involved at the shareholders meeting. Even if he attends, what does he expect to accomplish? Whinge at the people? Threaten them?

Even though his threats are empty and he is pretty powerless, the man's zeal is kind of scary.

@ the update
BUHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAH!!!!!

Seriously WTF, EA had "improper collaboration" with the modders???

That is like saying Vivendi Universal collaboration with modders to make improper mods involving Barbie's Horse Adventures... No such collaboration exists, especially when it comes to unrelated individuals modifying games in ways companies didn't intend people to or endorse.

Jack let me put it in a way you would have a better time understanding: someone "modding" gay porn in copies of "Out of Harm's Way" & giving the modified books away be in "improper collaboration" with you?

"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. "

And so begins the temper tantrum.

I'm still seeing him in the animations version of a tantrum.
Angry face.
Fists balled up.
And the legs up, then down, then up, then down...
All with the growly sound bite.

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NW2K software
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"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."

.....Mr. Thompson, are you honestly saying that EA, a company that has, over the years, shown that it doesn't really give a flying **** about its own games, paid some people to make their own mods to put on their (and not EA's) fansites?

Wow, uhhh... pardon the bluntness of this, sir, but.... are you REALLY that stupid?

Typical Jack Thompson. Jack doesn't get his way, Jack throws a fit, and no, you dumbass, EA was not in collaboration with those modders who made those skins.

[...] Jack Thompson responded to the rebuttal directly to gamepolitics.com, saying: 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. [...]

Brandon, he doesn't let facts get in the way of his finger pointing.

Everytime he opens his mouth, he seems to think that people won't remember what he has said before. It's almost as if he feels he is some sort of super genius and the rest of us are idiots that will believe everything he says. When we challenge what he is saying, he acts as if we are breaking some sort of rule.When we recall what he has said in the past, he acts as if it isn't allowed. As if life is some big court case and he can say, "Wait a minute, I'm not the one on trial here, let's keep focused on T2, ok?"

Jack, if you lie about a company, if you insult a company, if you make your personal cause the bringing down of the very industry the company represents... don't issue a press release to the company and expect a happy-happy responce.

Yep, its like my friend I talk to on XFire says "never let the truth get in the way of a good lie" or something. Of course, in Jack's case, its bad lies since he always tends to get caught, and punished as these articles prove.

[...] Jack Thompson Fires Back at EA, Claims 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.  [...]

@Shoehorn O'Plenty
If I take a copy of the Bible, glue pictures of naked women into it and give it children, are the people who published the book guilty of improper collaboration with me?
Nah, it's more like if you drew hentai pictures on a piece of paper, the company that made the pencil and paper are part of an "improper collaboration", because like most things you can mod, it really is just a pencil and paper.

"Oh, and EA’s improper collaboration with modders of the Sims was and is absolutely correct. "


He... has no idea how modding works does he?

But thats Thompson, engineer of the Failtrain.

Well, Jack, need some Cheese with your Whine? Someone who isn't a delusional nut job with a Messiah complex would know that you do not try to court people that you have lied about in the past as allies. It never works.

PWNED!!!

How much lower can JT go now that the devil of the video game industry has just given him the proverbial bird?

Oh and JT... This is what happens when you make ENEMIES OF EVERYONE!!!

[...] Everyone’s favorite freedom fighter is back and this time he has high hopes. He wants to be the liason between EA and Take 2. Sort of like how Billion dollar investment mogul Warren Buffet helped the Yankees and Alex Rodriguez reach a deal. Trouble is, EA wants absolutely nothing to do with Jack. Here is what they said: Mr. Thompson, [...]

"Oh, and EA’s improper collaboration with modders of the Sims was and is absolutely correct. "

And he's wondering why they refused his help.

And what makes him so sure Take Two will want his help either? He's been out to destroy them.

He should be ignored in a sense that he should be represented as a joke. Because lets face it, no one respects him. Judges, lawyers, game developers, gamers, parents, victims of school shootings, and even the Florida bar doesn't exactly respect him. His court room behavior is absurd at best and instead of upholding the constitution he is riding his own personal vendetta against video games right into a brick wall.

His name is not important, and his actions really aren't either. The man is destined to fail.

Now that is a nice way to tell someone to eff off.
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