Steve Jobs Went Bananas When Microsoft Bought Halo's Creators

Before Halo, Bungie had made a name for itself developing the Marathon series of shooters on the Mac. So when the studio was bought by Microsoft to make games for the Xbox, Apple boss Steve Jobs was pissed.

"As soon as we announced we bought Bungie, Steve Jobs called," former Microsoft vice president of game publishing Ed Fries tells Develop.

"He was mad at [Microsoft CEO Steve]Ballmer and phoned him up and was angry because we'd just bought the premier Mac game developer and made them an Xbox developer."

He was so mad, in fact, that he needed to be called and talked back from the outskirts of cranky town.

"...I got an email from Steve Ballmer asking me to phone Steve Jobs and calm him down about the whole thing," Fries continues.

"Anyway, we did this deal with Apple where we'd port some PC games to the Macintosh and help Peter Tamte create this company to do it, and I had to go to a Mac developer conference and get on stage and talk about this whole new partnership. It was a pretty strange time."

Strange and great. Jobs has always been known for his ability to back a winning product, but this shows he also knows a good game developer when he sees one. Then again, it also shows how Apple doesn't care that much about gaming, or it would have bought Bungie itself.

Bungie of course has not only moved on from Apple, but from Microsoft too, signing a deal earlier this year with publisher Activision.

Steve Jobs ‘raged at Microsoft' over game studio sale [Develop]


    *snicker* *snicker* *snicker*

    So many things to say; not enough time or space to say them, so we'll leave it at the snickering.

    Why did MS give a **** if Steve Jobs was cranky or not? For me, pissing off the black skivvy wearing tosser would have been the best part of the deal :P Getting Halo would have just been icing on the cake.

      Microsoft has done a few nice things for Apple over the years. Bailed them out in the 90's for example.

      I suppose it goes to show that MS arent the tyrants people think they are, and tend to care about its gaming folk, regardless of the PC platform :)

      Steve Jobs on the other hand, sounds like he was acting like a 3 year old, LOL.

        A few good deed does not make a saint. Though no company is much better or worse, they're ALL evil really, no successful company is going to have a pretty record getting there :P

        It is more likely that Ballmer saw the value in not burning his bridges. Looks like he handled the situation really well in hindsight.

          True, would be a dumb idea to escalate the issue.

          I still have a funny image of Jobs foaming at the mouth and Ballmer patting him on the back saying "Im sorry Steve, i wasnt thinking straight". ROFL

      Agreed. I would've been laughing for a week.

      MS needs Apple. Stops them looking them some decent ideas to steal....and owning a crapload of Apple stock really wouldn't hurt them.

    Jobs DOES have a winning record. Can you imagine what would have happened if someone (eg Disney) poached Pixar from under him back when they were in their infancy? Before they proved CGI was a perfectly sound medium?

    Might seem petty. But we're talking billions of dollars and I'd be a lot more than upset if this sort of thing happened.

    Oh yes. Microsoft cares about you, the humble gamer. Your wants, needs and desires. They aren't in it for the money at all. Billions of monies. No way.

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