Ok, so we heard MS secured the rights of the first Titanfall on their platforms and PC for its "lifetime" (whatever that means).
We all know why it went down.
But is it right that MS does this? We already know they have done this numerous times in the past with FFXIII and the GTA series.
Now I know what a lot of you are just saying, "It's just business".
Well, that doesn't really mean anything.
Bribing is still wrong.
It's that transactions like this one has occurred so much around the world, that we had just gotten used to it.
It's morally wrong and unfair competition to others.
There are just tons of businesses that has been lost, even while they are better than other business, due to bribery.
Which in some cases can lead to corruption.
Such as this one, "A whopping 50% of companies in Malaysia surveyed by Transparency International (TI) said that they had lost business due to bribery.This is the highest percentage among 30 countries, all active in international trade, where such surveys were conducted. The survey in Malaysia also revealed that 39% of the 101 companies failed to win a contract or gain new business because their competitor paid a bribe.
In comparison, even in less developed countries such as Senegal and Nigeria, less than 30% said that they lost business because they didn't pay a bribe, said Low. Saying that the findings highlighted the structural corruption in Malaysia, Low said: "Petty corruption, such as paying RM50 can be curbed easily. But structural corruption may have political impact."
As you can see here, underdeveloped countries cannot gain traction because bribing is just being used to win, limiting the countries productivity and affecting the trust with politicians.
"Companies bribe to win contracts, speed up bureaucracy and avoid the rules – or change them. They go through more indirect financial contributions that are intended to influence procurement processes and policy makers."
"The results found that 27 per cent, or more than one in four businesspeople surveyed, think that they had lost business in the last 12 months due to bribery."
Here goes into specifics of how many businesses were lost due to bribery
Now, another thing you are saying is that these are just games. Well no matter what bribery is used for, it is wrong.
Ethically it is horrid.
In our world we have lost advancement in technology and achieving things more efficiently due to bribery.
Oil companies anyone?
We had electric cars in the early 1990's that will get about 100 mpg, what happened to those back then?
What we have here is MS bribing for exclusives. Instead of doing it the right way of acquiring or opening constant new studious, they are just bribing for a game. But then majority of the time it goes to other platform down the line. So I believe it's a waste of time to get a system for those games. Its unfair that Titanfall will not release on the other platforms. You can tell that Respawn wanted it to go on the PS4; but EA became their greedy ways and made cash deal with MS. I do not see how EA is improving, but worsening their reputation by doing this, while still having other exclusivity deals with MS.
I am not saying this as a PS fanboy or whatever, but in a ethically point of view. As bribery is still present in this world and needs to stop. Any business that does this bothers me. I wonder if MS and EA has any shame in this.