“We’re working very closely with Microsoft to understand what their views on gaming navigation are,” said Peter Moore, EA’s chief operating officer, in an interview with Bloomberg. “Anything that allows more platforms to be adopted quickly that have a gaming element is good for Electronic Arts.”
EA, the second-largest video game company in the U.S., is perhaps the only major gaming company to come out in support of the new OS and the devices it’ll be on.
Last week, TechRadar reported on the growing concern inside the gaming community that Microsoft’s new OS will limit the world of PC gaming, an environment that industry insiders said has thrived on openness.
Made for each other
While Microsoft responded to the clamor, reassuring gamers that they’ll still enjoy many of the PC gaming features they’ve grown accustomed to in the new OS, it could use a high profile ally like EA.
For its part, EA is counting on phone and tablet games as well as Internet-based content to boost slumping stocks.
Since EA views the Windows Phone 8 as “central to its handset strategy” and Microsoft needs developers, a relationship between the two could be a match made in heaven.