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OK Tiger Woods obviously big story developing here with Tiger Woods he came out today gave a statement saying that you know -- -- bad behavior was definitely there but what about -- sponsors of what about the people with whom he does business.
Well of course as he's in the headlines.
It's got nothing to do with his golf game it's a private family matter but he is a public figure credibility is fixed at stake -- his face and name -- attached to several major corporate sponsors.
Like the tenure along franchise of video games by electronic arts -- rich -- joining me now.
Electronic arts CEO John -- tell great to have you here in studio it's great to be here as he ran across midtown to get to us here's the first question.
You got 500 million I believe in sales as of June.
With the Tiger Woods PGA game that correct it sounds about right yeah.
Do you stand by him of course.
Look we've had a you know 1997 I was actually involved and bring tiger into the video games at this point -- -- first started.
He's got a great partner to us we make a great game people are very loyal to it.
Tom I think if you pay a whole lot of attention to for the -- -- of PGA tournaments with and without Tiger Woods.
You know he is -- Celebrity just a lot of people like to watch.
Can deal accredited by the likes his private life we have the wall that off on the peace making and I know right now I'm personally a big fan.
And more important the game is fantastic.
So are Tiger Woods' game this year doing well to really spectacular product it's the holiday blocked by.
What you and I have talked about this just a couple weeks ago at electronic arts headquarters in in northern California's Silicon Valley.
And you -- at this game so that the swings of me what a difference ten years ago this game look like.
But his swings looks so much more realistic in the newest game my question assisted -- how closely have you worked with Tiger Woods.
And did you ever get any sense of recent strain.
-- he is in so many ways you know one about the finest athletes that ever happened led to perform.
I frankly don't know anything about it socializing and I think they don't -- it sounds like what you thought that I don't care I -- I really hope that he recovers well.
I hope -- his family prospered but.
You know right now this is about his game his name associated -- game.
And at least so Fareed it's working great and.
No we can't -- -- stand by somebody's been such a great partner for us for the many years we have have you heard from any of his representatives.
You know they've been keeping this little his agent -- measure would expect Steinberg -- -- So you've spoken to the agent.
How -- person.
And they do it in your liaison you know -- in -- in the in the way of.
Great transition team which that's a great holiday and he wanted to talk about need for speed Madden -- and all the -- great -- from game if Colin.
That just like an agent right how are the holiday sales going up first Tiger Woods' game and then everything else well look the -- You publishing a lot of announcements in the coming out of the -- -- the first party guys Sony Microsoft Nintendo on prime.
On -- but their prices down.
On their console.
And help announcements out this week that suggested that the sales have gone through the roof Sony PlayStation -- particular -- that I'm really really well.
We put out releases explaining just just how well -- is doing.
If I want Dragon Age origins is -- of course is the soccer huge yes huge is the number one game in Europe so far this year like going to be for the year the credible -- sales we were saying that the weak sales disappointed.
Well first -- BA news roughly doubled -- -- sales year over year.
Not as much -- maybe we might have -- but certainly very very very good performance doubling -- combat.
I'm not so far this fiscal year -- the first two quarters of the year -- to see what happens on the holiday we don't have that the Christmas sales were sorted out so far -- We're -- titles like E.
SPORTS active which are doing gangbusters cut.
On the way that brings an entirely new audience and consumers and.
I believe you demo of that processor to they have water skiing my -- expert for three days and you're looking very fit up a consequence of our game at F.
But for -- other titles like the sent The Sims is the biggest PC gaming history.
Pomp it's got a huge global audience and -- one that we're really hopeful for all you have the biggest market share by.
Activision Blizzard gaining on you are you doing anything behind the scenes to make sure that they don't catch up well.
You know it's so far in the fiscal year on the package goods that we've gained four market share point that's gaining not losing for electronic cards.
And then of course we have you know for a friendly competitive rivalry for -- competition.
You which -- Activision to compete in the skating category they have Tony Hawk we have skate we believe we sort of taken a leadership problem there.
You know they got modern -- out call of -- We've announced battlefield bad company two coming out in March and medal of honor coming out next year which we -- put us in position -- to take back business back.
I'm so yeah we like the people don't want to mix it up we'd like -- picture.
As we finish up here if I don't ask this question Robert -- are breaking news guys can have a fit that he wants to know will France be banned from the World Cup.
And let Ireland tickets -- -- Going to reward handball players you know I'm home an extra percent that we do our level I -- let.
We don't take sides we don't take sides -- usually -- we're from.
Remember -- they're really big market for the failed fifa manager we've got a World Cup can't comment.
So we're big on crap it is clearing its throat saying -- -- Now forget it no way all right great to see -- John nice to have nerves that much talk at great to be.
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