Now that EA is known as the king of controversies in terms of microtransactions it seems all kinds of news are coming into the light that were previously stamped as case closed.
EA had previously fired a Developer on Plants vs. Zombies 2 for what was initially though to be on having different views on microtransactions. The story goes something like this, George Fans was fired because he didn’t see eye to eye with EA on microtransactions but is seems that PVZ 2’s producer, Allen Murray would beg to differ stating “that story was not even close to the truth.”
That didn’t sit well as George Fans took to twitter that it was indeed because of his views that he was laid off.
Regarding recent rumors, it is true I was laid off by EA/PopCap, and also true that I was against making PvZ2 a freemium game. That's all I'll say on the matter for now
— George Fan (@thegeorgefan) November 21, 2017
The battle started at the Roundtable Live Podcast on Twitch where the creator of Super Meat Boy and The Binding Of Isaac, Edmund McMillen gave some insight on how EA has been monetizing almost all of its products and how developer George Fans was fired because of his views on the pay-to-win model.
He got headhunted by Popcap, and Popcap hired him, sent him off with two more people in a small office and said hey make a game. And he said, ‘OK I’m gonna make Plants vs. Zombies.’ And he made Plants vs. Zombies. It was hugely successful. They got acquired by EA. EA made that game even more successful. And then they were like, ‘OK we’re gonna focus on this and we’re gonna make a sequel, spinoffs, this this and this.’ George was like, ‘Great, I’ve got an idea for a sequel.’ He developed this game independently as well, an independent mindset with a small team of people. It was personal. Knowing the guy I can see: the characters are personal, every bit and piece is something from him, so it was his baby. And they’re like hey let’s make the sequel, we’re gonna put it on mobile, and we’re gonna do this “pay to win.” And he’s like, ah I don’t know, that’s not a good idea, I don’t really want to do that with my game, and they said “You’re fired.”
The discussion was thought to be over, but it rekindled back on twitter between McMillen and Allen Murray . With the latter insisting that wasn’t quite the case.
Murray Tweeting; It’s a bummer that something false like this came out second hand
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