What An EA Video Game Contract Looked Like In 1986

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Here’s a fun little relic from the earliest days of game development: the original contract for the IBM port of Wasteland, made by Interplay, which cost EA just $28,000.

Interplay founder Brian Fargo posted one section of the old contract today on Twitter, and it’s an interesting look at ‘80s game development life:


Add a few zeroes and this would fit in nicely today. Only thing missing is the Metacritic bonus.

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I imagine that a contract with EA is like a contract with the Devil. Except with most Faustian Pacts, you at least get something good out of it in the short term. EA just screws you over from the start.