A brief item on TheStreet.com mentions that there are rumors afoot that Apple may be fueling a major move into gaming by attempting to acquire publishing giant Electronic Arts.
Commenting on the speculation, Edge Online notes that Apple has recently hired some execs with game biz background.
TechNewsWorld has more speculation on Apple’s gaming ambitions.
UPDATE: VG247 reports that Wedbush-Morgan analyst Michael Pachter pulled no punches in his assessment of the Apple-EA rumor:
To say that it is idiotic would be an insult to all idiots.
Pachter was also blunt in comments to Gamasutra:
Sounds retarded to me.
Apple could buy Warner Music for around $3 billion, and control 20 percent of all recorded music. That makes more sense to their current business model than buying EA for more than twice that, doesn’t it?
I don’t want to start a rumor, but want to point out that Apple doesn’t own any entertainment content, so I don’t know why they would feel compelled to enter a new business unrelated to their current product slate.