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EA has explained the company’s stance on supporting the Nintendo Switch

A lot of companies have supported the Nintendo Switch, especially when it became obvious that the console was doing better than expected. However, one company that has kept their support down to a minimum is EA. Well, Electronic Arts has revealed why in their Q1 2020 results earning conference call. They say that they have “a lot of data” suggesting that a lot of Nintendo Switch owners prefer playing EA’s games on other platforms. You can see what they said about the matter in full down below.

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


12 thoughts on “EA has explained the company’s stance on supporting the Nintendo Switch”

  1. Usually I just buy exclusives and 2D cross-plattform games that can achieve 60 FPS on Switch. Things like Crash Trilogy and Yooka-Laylee are uninteresting to me when it cannot achieve 60 FPS.
    Shovel Knight for example is a great Switch game IMO.

    I can understand that people prefer FIFA and the like a on a platform that can push better graphics, since let be real, graphics are a big point of the series. That said I though FIFA sold well on Switch?

      1. I don’t blame EA for being careful with Switch. I don’t think that their usual games would sell too well anyway. Would be cool with a decent Star Wars game on Switch. Would probably sell.

    1. My stance on supporting EA, on any platform, is below zero!

      You can fuck off Android Wilson with the rest of you greedy parasites like Bobby Kotick, Yves Guillemot, Todd Howard and Strauss Zelnick.

    2. Are…people really playing Sims because of the Graphics? Seriously, the Sims seems like a Perfect Switch Game. You can open it up, fiddle with it for a little bit, before putting the console to sleep again. Perfect for a mobile console, for boring moments waiting in line somewhere or maybe playing in the backseat of a car.

    3. “Not fitting in the ecosystem” is a glorified way of saying we can’t do live services on Switvh and monetize every action of a player if they’re not always online.

    4. The Sims is probably the one EA game that would do pretty nicely on Switch actually. Sure, their usual garbage would probably sell nothing – even FIFA is dead on the system now with them only releasing “legacy editions” from here on out. But The Sims is a great fit for the console, a great fit for Nintendo fans, and EA are moronic to not get it on the Switch. But hey, we learned nothing new there.

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