EA rep comments on Call of Duty Vs Battlefield debate

There’s certain rivalries in the gaming world that make everything much more interesting. It’s fun to watch companies compete with each other because in the end, competition usually means better deals for the consumer.

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PlayStation vs. Xbox, Console vs. PC, GTA vs. Saints Row, and of course, Battlefield vs. Call of Duty. There’s many more, but off the top of my head, these are some of the most prolific. Each side has its own fanbase, and while many people enjoy both, there are many people that are 100% on one side.

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However, EA doesn’t see it as the “rivalry” that many fans do, despite some employees taking shots at Call of Duty‘s reveal trailer a couple months back, it seems for the most part, they view it as ‘healthy competition.’

“I have always just thought that healthy competition in our industry is fun,” said EA publishing boss, Laura Miele. She continued:

“We’re a game industry. I genuinely believe that the more great content that our players have and that the industry has then the healthier the industry is and the better it all is. So I welcome the competitive challenge, but I also have a lot of respect for what our competitors do when new games come to market.”

“I think it’s just a fun competition and I think our fans and our players love to play it up. That’s kind of the nature of our industry as the entertainment category that we’re in.”

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She also had some comments regarding the fan response to the Battlefield 1 trailer. “We zigged when the market was zagging in shooters,” she said. “And it was pretty thrilling to see how the market received the game in that way.”

As mentioned before, it’s good that companies have competition. It keeps a somewhat fair balance between provider and consumer. Sure, there are things that people dislike, such as Season Passes and map pack DLC, but I personally don’t see a problem with these practices.