EA Fired the Creator of Plants vs. Zombies Because He Refused Pay-to-Win Schemes [UPDATE]


Plants vs. Zombies creator George Fan has confirmed the report that Electronic Arts fired him over refusing to implement pay-to-win microtransactions.

His statement:

Regarding recent rumors, it is true I was laid off by EA/PopCap, and also true that I was against making PvZ2 a freemium game. That’s all I’ll say on the matter for now



Following the pay-to-win microtransactions debacle between Electronic Arts and Star Wars Battlefront II, we’ve learned that EA is possibly thirstier for profits beyond what we ever imagined.

A new report comes via The Binding of Isaac and Super Meat Boy creator Edmund McMillen (via the Roundtable Podcast), who claims EA fired the creator of Plants vs. Zombies because he refused to go all-in with pay-to-win microtransactions.

McMillen notes that George Fan, the aforementioned Plants vs. Zombies creator, was let go from the company and the franchise he created prior to their acquisition from EA years ago because he rejected the new development model proposed.

Reportedly, when EA proposed the sequel Plants vs. Zombies 2: It’s About Time and its pay-to-win model with in-app purchasing, Fan refused.

“He’s like ‘I dunno, that’s not really a good idea and I don’t want to do that with my game,'” McMillen recalled.

McMillen noted that Fan was immediately terminated after his objections with the game. “This is such a newsworthy thing and it’s frustrated me for years that there aren’t news stories about this,” McMillen said.

“It was personal,” McMillen said. “Knowing the guy, I can see the characters a personal. Every little piece was something from him. It was his baby.”

Fan is reportedly preparing a brief statement that we’ll report on – we’ll keep you guys posted.

Brandon Orselli


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  • NukeA6

    Just another reason why EA can rot. Godforbid a game creator not go greedy.

  • Mr0303

    It wouldn’t surprise me if this is true. There is no low EA won’t reach. Now that all eyes are on them it’s time to do the most damage.

  • ActivistZero

    Every time I think EA have reached rock bottom, something like this shows they can still go lower

  • AnarKreig

    Classic EA.

  • orbo

    >everyone else: No way, the limbo bar is too low! No one can possibly go dat low!
    >EA: Hold my beer.

  • Zanard Bell

    Now I’m truly interested to know why and how EA terminated studios like Westwood or Pandemic.


    What fucking pieces of white dog shit. Mother fuckers..

  • Nope Naw

    … are we the sword that will slice EA’s neck off after they go lower than anyone else?

  • XimXim
  • Sergio Nacher Fernández

    This being true wouldn’t surprise me, but I’m gonna wait to see what George Fan has to say.

  • Ace

    I love how useless games media is that they completely missed this story.

  • VersVlees

    It is because EA is a murderous pimp who kills it hoes when they don’t bring in the cash.

  • gamerprince1999

    That’s so fucked up… His own creation taken from him just like that…

  • Justin Williams
  • Rumble Red

    It’s dead.

    They killed it.

    They will kill again.

  • Rough

    I’m gonna try to be skeptical because no entity is this stupid.
    If it does turn out to be true… https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/657cd88f034cfda1ccbb4b3d9a2a9b08e0638905ebc6ee3bae52be554be4ddf1.jpg

  • Madara

    Are EA playing Limbo cause they continue to go lower every day

  • NoobSmoke

    EA is shit will not be supporting them and if they make a decent game I’m gonna get it used which most likey wont happen

  • 2501
  • Uncle Ocelot

    Can’t even act shocked when it comes to EA anymore.

  • Uncle Ocelot

    Don’t you dare disrespect Scrooge McDuck like that.

  • ProfessorFluffy

    Looks like he made his statement already on twitter.

  • ProfessorFluffy
  • Gamegodtre

    damn it EAs lowering the bar so low South Park is gonna have to get James Cameron to go into the bottom of the ocean to raise the bar again

  • Justin Williams

    LOL, Sorry Mr. McDuck!

  • Justin Williams

    Most of the games media is on EA’s titty, sucking away. They wouldn’t DARE.

  • No_Good_Names_Ever

    “EA is possibly thirstier for profits beyond what we ever imagined”
    Who doesn’t imagine their desire being anything less than draining the world dry?

  • No_Good_Names_Ever

    Only people who can take down EA are the casuals; EA pushes them away and they’re dead.

  • No_Good_Names_Ever

    They run them ragged until they put out one underselling game and then finish the company off.

  • Václav Lacina

    Fuck them and everyone still defending them…

  • That’s the sickest thing I’ve ever heard! 😬

  • Madbrainbox

    At least Scrooge(the book character) mended his ways on the 11th hour.I don’t see EA doing that.

  • VersVlees

    I just realized that EA has been terrible for so long it is old enough the drink, vote and drive.

  • Fandangle

    They closed down pandemic because they were only interested In bioware and couldn’t give two shits about pandemic.

  • Eldhin Hellknight

    Damn it EA, you always find a way to fall lower every time you reach the bottom

  • Travis Touchdown

    It won’t be long now until EA alienates everyone who genuinely likes playing games. The only thing we can do now is rage even harder.

    Internet! Give me your power!


  • GmailIsDown

    Still waiting for a proper sequel. All PvZ games after the original one either suck or butchered the franchise.

  • sAy_YaS

    If i ever buy an EA game i’ll be sure its a used one so they dont see a penny.

  • Tubsiwub

    They quite literally are the devil! Like, this guy is just holding up a dead corpse and photos of EA killing the guy. Stop funding their metaphorical murder-crimes.

  • Why would you ever want to buy an EA game? They are all shit!

  • EA is why I hate Casual gaming scumbags so much as they are the only reason EA is still alive. All EA games are buggy optimized garbage that are as boring as watching paint dry. Yet these bastards are still making a lot of money!

  • Never going to happen.

  • Sadly Casuals will still always support EA.

  • Rough
  • Luke Light Speed Todd

    WOn’t they always.

  • DoublePLayer

    I would like to point out that he has mentioned that he has been fired from and that he has voiced a statement against freemium games while working at EA.

    He has not however confirmed whether he has been fired for voicing that statement.

  • My tweet on EA for us is all the more relevant as more of these these stories develop

  • mrwizeass

    Even if the direct reason was him being vocal about his opposition towards a freemium model, we’re probably not gonna hear about it for a while because chances are EA made him sign an NDA when he was canned.

  • FreshSnug

    On purpose

  • SLoWMoTIoN

    What about PvZ2? That shit was fueled by microtransactions. Shame since the game was decent.

  • SevTheBear
  • ProxyDoug

    EA is cancer.

  • JohnnyCageFan2

    If Goku has it his way, EA will be reincarnated as a bla.. kid from an exotic land, I vote Vegeta; he rages hard for breakfast and can do so for no apparent reason either.

  • JohnnyCageFan2

    Why did I immediately think of EA Black Box and The Run?