EA Cares About Switch Owners With Other Platforms Than Switch Itself

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https://seekingalpha.com/article/4279307-electronic-arts-inc-ea-ceo-andrew-wilson-q1-2020-results-earnings-call-transcript?page=11


Jeffrey Cohen

Thanks for the incremental color on The Sims. It feels like that franchise would be one that would do really well on the Nintendo Switch. So I'm curious how you guys determine which platforms you'd bring the game to or games to? And is there any reason why you wouldn't want to bring that one on there?

Andrew Wilson

Any time we're evaluating platform conversations, we are really looking at a couple of things. One, does the game really fit the profile of that platform in terms of the control or the community ecosystem? Two, do we think the community playing on that platform would appreciate the game to go there? Or would they prefer to play it somewhere else?

We have a lot of data that would suggest a great many Switch owners also own a PlayStation 4 or an Xbox One or a PC and very often choose to play the games that we make on those platforms even though they have a Switch and they enjoy a lot of great content on the Switch. And so there's always an evaluation process that goes on a case-by-case basis. And I wouldn't say that The Sims would never go to the Switch, but I think we're doing really, really well attracting Sims players. As we said, we did the promotion in the last couple of months and brought in 7 million new Sims players that we expect will engage in that community on a platform that is really tailored to user-generated content, creativity and customization.
 

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I would love to know what exactly caused EA to hate Nintendo like they do. Only Sega got poorer treatment
 

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I would love to know what exactly caused EA to hate Nintendo like they do. Only Sega got poorer treatment
Most of their games don't sell well on Nintendo consoles, there isn't much point in putting the resources into porting a game down to a nintendo console if they don't see a big return on the investment. I'm not sticking up for EA but the reality is if those money grubbers thought it would be profitable they'd do port every game they make to switch but for some reason most of the games they do port just don't do well.