Steve Jobs raged at Microsoft over game studio sale

Steve Jobs might seem like a well-mannered man, but back in 2000 when Microsoft purchased Bungie for $30M, Steve Jobs came out of his shell and yelled at Ballmer, according to develop-online.

Back when Bungie created the Halo series and became a huge game developer, it used to create games on the Mac. Once Apple found out about Microsoft purchasing Bungie, Steve Jobs apparently called up Steve Ballmer and yelled at him over the deal.

"As soon as we announced we bought Bungie, Steve Jobs called," Fries said.

"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."

Later that day Fries got an email from Ballmer, asking him to call Jobs and calm him down. Eventually, Microsoft settled the dispute with Apple and said they would port some games from the PC to the Mac, to help remedy the lost developer, Bungie.

Since Bungie has left developing for the Mac, they have only since ported one game over, Halo: Combat Evolved back in 2005, the first of the very popular series. The Halo series has since become a staple in Microsoft's Xbox 360 sales, breaking records for first day releases across the globe.

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"sorry. but halo will be cool." was what ballmer sms back to stevo.

that was the origin of steve job's random sms to his fanboys. talk about lack of originality.

So Bungie took a leap of faith to go an make far more money.
Wow! Steve Jobs has Steve Ballmers direct phone number? They are that close? I wonder if he still has Gates number too.
I wished I had bought Bungie and had them make Windows games and Stevo had called me...I be like "STOP BLOWING UP MY PHONE B&%#@!!!!!"

Windows Phone B5$#@^!!!!

oh my. steve!
I cant belive this story, it just sounds too strange, why would he do that?

Also, steve looks like i imagine cain from the bible looking.

Jobs (and Apple) should have bought Bungie if they were so important to Mac development. Looking back, it seems a bit short-sighted of Jobs, especially given how few developers make big games for Mac. They should have locked Bungie down if it was so important instead of throwing a tantrum after Bungie opted for security. Grow up Jobs and put on your big-boy clothes.

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Since Bungie has left developing for the Mac, they have only since ported one game over, Halo: Combat Evolved back in 2005,

Ass just got pwned! xD

This news is coming a few years late isnt it

However... Funny to know lol

Nice work Microsoft... Makes Steve look like a kid going to cry when he does not get his way...

LOL at the use of "raged". There's footage out there of Jobs getting angry over this or that in the past. He doesn't "rage"--he has hissy fits.

Apple may not have been the first with a GUI, multitasking, laptop, mp3 player, or any number of technologies, but dammit, they certainly have the first menstruating man.

Ars says Steve was angered, Gizmodo said he went Bananas, and Neowin says Raged. Interesting to see the choice of words between websites.

Yet another story of SJ blowing his top if he doesn't get his way.
If the stories about how he (mis)treats his employees are true, I guess a boatload of cash is
a small price for being yelled at all the time.

The only time Jobs appeared "well mannered" was when Gates wrote Apple a cheque and Stevie declared in a keynote that they better be nice to the people who develop Office:mac if they wanted to continue having it.

But being a class act won't sell headlines. Going on a yelling rampage, now THAT will draw some attention. And that's why we're all talking about it.

"Jobs calls Ballmer, calmly discusses game studio sale like an adult". Now, who would want to read that headline?

I guess old news can be new news.. // end sarcasm.

Writing about something that was wrote about and stomped on over a decade ago in my opinion is weird.. Why don't we resurrect history and talk about how revolutionary the micro chip was

Morphine-X said,
I guess old news can be new news.. // end sarcasm.

Writing about something that was wrote about and stomped on over a decade ago in my opinion is weird.. Why don't we resurrect history and talk about how revolutionary the micro chip was

Not that I don't think this is really news so much as an excuse for mac fanboys to poke their heads out from under Steve's desk, Mr. Lyle happened to explain in another comment above that this is news because the information concerns two of the biggest tech figures in the world, and the info was only just released.

smartin0115 said,

Not that I don't think this is really news so much as an excuse for mac fanboys to poke their heads out from under Steve's desk, Mr. Lyle happened to explain in another comment above that this is news because the information concerns two of the biggest tech figures in the world, and the info was only just released.

Again, its still old news.. Company A bought Company's B major contributor in whatever. Of course company B will be upset. This happened over 10 years ago. Crap I don't think it would be "news" to find out 10 years later why my left tire on my car fell off. It's rather irrelevant at this point

Apple bought the developer of Final Cut so that it would only be produced for OS X. They did that so there would be a reason for video editors to stick with OS X yet they haven't kept it updated. I know many video editors who are now switching back to Windows and using the new Adobe Premiere because Adobe has kept up with updates and using gpu acceleration and natively supporting the new video formats of dslr and the like.
I find it funny that when apple buys out a developer it is okay but if microsoft buys out one they freak out.

All I remember about Bungie was the Marathon trilogy and thinking how terrible they were compared to id software's games. How on earth did that value them at $30M?

DonC said,
All I remember about Bungie was the Marathon trilogy and thinking how terrible they were compared to id software's games. How on earth did that value them at $30M?

I happened to acquire Durandal on my xbox because my friend discovered it would get him one of those shadow tags on his ID in Reach while he was at my house. It's just... bad...

Bungie were slow to port games from the XBox to the PC, and only after extreme vocal demand from people who wanted to play Halo on the PC.

Firstly the guy from MS sounds like a right idiot for bragging and secondly I don't like Apple.. both companies are way too big headed and fan boys do nothing but help them.

I simply hate them all lol

chaosblade said,
Why the hell does Microsoft have to compensate Apple for a "lost developer"?
Seriously, This is bizarre.

Exactly. I'd say Microsoft did more than they needed to...

chaosblade said,
Why the hell does Microsoft have to compensate Apple for a "lost developer"?
Seriously, This is bizarre.

Its bizarre and doesn't make any sense because it is all absolute rubbish. People who believe it are gullible.

hotdog963al said,
I saw Steve Jobs punch a child in the street yesterday, where do I submit my story?

yeah and I can go to other planets with my aircraft

hotdog963al said,
I saw Steve Jobs punch a child in the street yesterday, where do I submit my story?

No story there. Steve saw the child using a Windows Phone.

hotdog963al said,
I saw Steve Jobs punch a child in the street yesterday, where do I submit my story?

There's quite a lineup.

hotdog963al said,
I saw Steve Jobs punch a child in the street yesterday, where do I submit my story?

looks like the homepage is getting progressively worse, at least backpage news is still good.

This is not surprising on many levels.

1. Not many people remember that Halo was originally destined for the Mac. As a Mac user I'm somewhat disappointed it didn't reach the Mac, but in the end, Halo being on the Xbox allowed the game to reach it's full potential and audience.

2. Apple is known for giving the cold shoulder to developers and partners. I would be curious to know what their relationship was like with Bungie. If you recall, Valve complained for many years they couldn't get help from Apple. Only recently has Valve had success on the Mac platform that could have come much sooner.

3. Microsoft is known for snapping up amazing games and making them exclusive for the Xbox. It's what sells Xboxes. Kudos to Microsoft for seeing the potential in Halo. The game Alan Wake is also another example that was going to be released on the PC but Microsoft snapped them up and made it an Xbox exclusive.

4. Apple may at times claim they want more games on the Mac but their lack of actions speaks louder than their words.

Lol what would calling Ballmer do? He did what any other CEO would do...buy another company / product (Bungie) that makes their company (Microsoft) better.

Maybe Jobs should have yelled at the then CEO of Bungie for allowing the sale to happen?

.Neo said,
Oh well, Steve Balmer had his moments as well...

Exactly. Its not exactly a low pressure job, and everyone has a breaking point. Seeing a major competitor take away a publisher from the struggling Apple gaming market would obviously have been frustrating for SJ, and he probably felt that Microsoft were playing unfairly.

.Neo said,
Oh well, Steve Balmer had his moments as well...

Moments as in every single day of his life right? Balmer is an idiot.

vette said,

Moments as in every single day of his life right? Balmer is an idiot.

Yes, I'm sure you, sitting there in your chair hunched over a computer monitor, could do so much better and actually would do so if given the chance.

Well he brought it all on himself by being arrogant people and companies get fed up with it and in the end will show you the finger.

"As soon as we announced we bought Bungie, Steve Jobs called," Fries said.

"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."

Why would anyone do that? I mean, even if he were really ****ed off at MS, what would calling the CEO and shouting at him accomplish? This article did what it set out to accomplished. We all clicked on it. As for reporting something that is news worthy and (god forbid) accurate....

Shadrack said,

Why would anyone do that? I mean, even if he were really ****ed off at MS, what would calling the CEO and shouting at him accomplish? This article did what it set out to accomplished. We all clicked on it. As for reporting something that is news worthy and (god forbid) accurate....

Who says this isn't accurate? The man clearly has a temper and being arrogant. How many stories have we heard about him being a jerk? This wouldn't surprise me at all.

Shadrack said,

Why would anyone do that? I mean, even if he were really ****ed off at MS, what would calling the CEO and shouting at him accomplish? This article did what it set out to accomplished. We all clicked on it. As for reporting something that is news worthy and (god forbid) accurate....

This particular article appeared in CNet this morning. Regardless of whether you think so or not it is news because it involves two the the greatest tech companies in the world.

Later that day Fries got an email from Ballmer, asking him to call Jobs and calm him down.

Why? What was Steve Jobs going to do to MS if he was still upset. This whole article reeks of mis-guided logic. It basically amounts to a high school he-said-she-said perpetuated by some former employee at MS and the media who will report anything for a few ad clicks. Don't believe everything you read. If you want to hate on Steve Jobs, then thats fine, but this is basically a comfort food article for people who dislike Steve Jobs and/or Apple.

M_Lyons10 said,

Who says this isn't accurate? The man clearly has a temper and being arrogant. How many stories have we heard about him being a jerk? This wouldn't surprise me at all.

Not that the one he supposedly called could be portraited as a relaxed and nice character.....
As Cicero stated: "Similis cum similibus"

Shadrack said,

Why? What was Steve Jobs going to do to MS if he was still upset. This whole article reeks of mis-guided logic. It basically amounts to a high school he-said-she-said perpetuated by some former employee at MS and the media who will report anything for a few ad clicks. Don't believe everything you read. If you want to hate on Steve Jobs, then thats fine, but this is basically a comfort food article for people who dislike Steve Jobs and/or Apple.

If he did do it then it is very funny, it's true that you shouldn't believe everything you read, but you shouldn't dismiss everything just because you have an emotional attachment to the company

I say funny since it is not exactly important whether he did this or not.

I'm sure if he would have "helped" Bungie out, maybe they would have been on Mac. Like I say to everyone..."it's tough in the streets."