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EA Warns Off Thompson Regarding Take-Two Acquisition

EA Warns Off Thompson Regarding Take-Two Acquisition

March 6, 2008 | By Brandon Boyer

March 6, 2008 | By Brandon Boyer
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In an email sent to Gamasutra by Electronic Arts, the publisher has openly rebuffed a plea from infamous attorney Jack Thompson to give legal aid to EA to "evict the Zelnick Trojan Horse from within Take-Twos corporate walls."

In the curiously worded email sent to EA's shareholders, as well as CNN's Lou Dobbs and a number of Fox News commentators, Thompson laid out a scene in which Take-Two chairman Strauss Zelnick - who is resisting Electronic Arts' attempts to take over the Grand Theft Auto publisher - had personally told Thompson "he would use Take-Two to continue to market and sell its adult video game products to children."

"Strauss Zelnick is not a 'Boy Scout' as he actually hilariously described himself in The Wall Street Journal this week," commented Thompson in his letter. "Strauss Zelnick is a 'Boy Scout' like Jeffrey Dahmer was a gourmet cook. Zelnick proved that with his Take-Two golden parachute scam."

In its kindly worded response forwarded to Gamasutra, an EA representative said simply, "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," the letter concluded. "We feel that your past statements including false claims about content in our games make any collaboration with you impossible."


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