“Online reports are indicating that Apple is recruiting a team to work on a videogames project at the company, with former LucasArts technical director Mike Lampell said to be heading up the secret division,” Rob Fahey reports for GamesIndustry.biz. “That’s according to US website GameSpot, which reported on the existence of the division thanks to a tip-off from a source described as a tech-sector recruiter, who revealed that games industry engineers were being recruited by Apple.”
“At present, Apple has little engagement with the games market; a small number of titles are released on the various Mac platforms through publishers such as Aspyr, and a few companies such as Blizzard regularly release Mac ports of their PC titles, but the platform is not seen as a major market for games,” Fahey reports. “On the handheld side, the iPod may recently have added video playback, but it has only a few simple built-in games – and Apple has shown no particular desire to expand that repertoire… According to GameSpot’s report, the brief of Apple’s rumoured games team is specifically to work within the iTunes division – implying that the games will be digitally distributed by Apple itself, and may be compatible with the iPod devices.”
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“GameSpot learned that there may be more to the Apple-game rumors than mere Mac-mad daydreams. A tech-sector recruiter contacted the GS NewsDesk with an interesting story of a prospective hire that got away. Recently, when said recruiter made an offer to a software engineer, the engineer turned the offer down–saying he was being ‘heavily recruited by Apple.’ According to the engineer, an Apple hiring manager named Mike Lampell is heading up a group inside Apple’s storied iTunes division. The group is specifically hiring for “C/C++ coders with a ‘gaming background.’” The engineer says the project in question was described to him as ‘super secret,’ and Apple would not even tell him the exact nature of it until he had been hired and signed a non-disclosure agreement,” GameSpot reports.
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