ED Fries, a former Xbox exec has revealed to Develop that Apple CEO, Steve Jobs was mad about Microsoft buying out Bungie and had made an angry phone call to Microsoft’s chief Steve Balmer back in 2000, when Bungie was bought out.
“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.”
Fries was tasked with pacifying Jobs
“So, during the day, I got an email from Steve Ballmer asking me to phone Steve Jobs and calm him down about the whole thing,” he said.
“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.”
Looks like, Jobs doesn’t take too kindly to someone else having a bite of his “Apples”.