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Peter Moore comes clean on EA Sports PC

Label boss addresses the "core issues" preventing EA Sports games appearing on mouse and keyboard

EA Sports boss Peter Moore has addressed the "core issues" preventing franchise entries such as Madden and Tiger Woods PGA Tour appearing on PC this year.

Last week Moore reaffirmed that neither Madden, NCAA Football, NASCAR, Tiger Woods PGA TOUR nor NBA LIVE will be released on PC in 2008 (FIFA and NHL however will).

Naturally the PC gaming audience is in uproar, especially since last year the platform had to settle for dodgy PS2 ports of FIFA.

"I've been reading the constant flow of comments regarding our position this year on sports games on the PC," said Peter in his blog post, "and at the risk of once again opening the floodgates of people comparing me to the devil incarnate, I will try to address what I see as the core issues that continue to be up for (very spirited) debate.

"The PC as a platform for authentic, fully-licensed, simulation sports games has declined radically in the past three years as the next generation consoles, with their high definition graphics and 5.1 sound capabilities have attracted millions of consumers to eschew the 'lean in' PC sports gaming experience for the 'lean back' full room console experience."

Moore goes on to blame digital download trends on PC and you guessed it, piracy as reasons for the EA Sports PC absence this year.

"Piracy is an issue," says Pete's post. "Sorry, I know many of you disagree with me on this, but the numbers don't lie. Companies spend millions developing content, and deserve to see a return on investment for their risk. The employees developing the game design, writing code and creating art deserve to get paid for their work. Period.

"Businesses have to make hard trade offs for where to invest for the best return, thus creating capital to make even more games," he continued.

"I know this concept touches a nerve with some of you, but our industry is founded on publishers that have driven for financially-successful games and then re-invested the proceeds in development of even more content for gamers to enjoy. It's a simple financial premise, and an obligation for publically-traded companies who answer to their shareholders.

"We are not making games in garages or bedrooms any more."

Going from Peter's words, and EA's other PC experiment Battlefield Heroes, we fully expect to see a free to download, advertising-fuelled FIFA on PC next year. At least it won't be a PS2 port, eh?