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  • Embracer Group Acquires Eidos-Montreal, Crystal Dynamics, and Square Enix Montreal

    Embracer's acquisition also includes a number of popular and old IPs from these studios.

    Embracer Group AB (Embracer) just announced that they have entered into an agreement to acquire Crystal Dynamics, Eidos-Montreal, and Square Enix Montreal. As a result of this acquisition, Embracer now also owns a large number of popular IPs including Tomb Raider, Deus Ex, Thief, Legacy of Kain, and over "50 back-catalogue games from Square Enix."

    Embracer's announcement...
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  • Activision Blizzard Stockholders Vote in Favor of Microsoft Acquisition

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    Activision Blizzard Stockholders Vote in Favor of Microsoft Acquisition

    The FTC hurdle has still yet to be overcome.

    Activision Blizzard stockholders voted today in favor of the pending acquisition by Microsoft. Of course, this really doesn't mean that it's all a done deal just yet as Microsoft still needs to get approval from the FTC and other regulating bodies.

    According to a press release sent out today, over 98% of the owners voted in favor of the acquisition. Microsoft is hopeful that the deal will close in their next fiscal year, which...
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  • Ubisoft May Soon Be Acquired by Private Equity Firms

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    Ubisoft May Soon Be Acquired by Private Equity Firms

    Several firms are looking to takeover Ubisoft.

    According to anonymous sources close to Bloomberg, there are several companies that are looking to potentially purchase Ubisoft. Some of these potential buyers include the world's biggest private equity firms such as Blackston Inc. and KKR & Co.

    Bloomberg says that, at least so far, Ubisoft has not yet entered into serious negotiations with any of the potential buyers. A similar report over the weekend by Kotaku says that...
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  • Bobby Kotick's Post-Acquisition Fate Still Undecided

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    Bobby Kotick's Post-Acquisition Fate Still Undecided

    Talks have supposedly not yet happened yet.

    Activision Blizzard says that they have not yet talked to Microsoft about what Bobby Kotick's employment status will be after Microsoft's acquisition of the company. As of right now, Kotick is still the CEO of Activision Blizzard despite the numerous legal battles and accusations of sexual harassment and discrimination that have hit the company.

    As first spotted by Stephen Totilo, Activision added a line to its United States...
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  • FTC to Review Microsoft's Planned Acquisition of Activision Blizzard

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    FTC to Review Microsoft's Planned Acquisition of Activision Blizzard

    Big tech mergers are of particular interest to the FTC.

    The United States Federal Trade Commission (FTC) will be reviewing Microsoft's planned acquisition of Activision Blizzard before it's allowed to be finalized. Over the past several years, the FTC has been taking a hard stance against mergers between giant tech companies (see Nvidia's planned acquisition of ARM).

    According to a report from Bloomberg, the FTC is taking a lead role in investigating the potential acquisition....
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  • Jim Ryan Says to 'Expect More' PlayStation Acquisitions

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    Jim Ryan Says to 'Expect More' PlayStation Acquisitions

    Don't threaten me with a good time, Jim.

    In speaking with GI.biz's Christopher Dring, Jim Ryan says that PlayStation isn't done with the acquisitions yet. Ryan, who is the current president and CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment, flatly says that "we should expect more" when it comes to further PlayStation acquisitions.

    This detail, along with a few others, were shared by Dring on Twitter following GI.biz's report on Sony Interactive Entertainment's acquisition...
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  • Sony Purchasing Bungie for $3.6 Billion

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    Sony Purchasing Bungie for $3.6 Billion

    You get acquired, and you get acquired. We're all getting acquired!

    Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE) just announced that they are acquiring Bungie, developers of Destiny, for a cool $3.6 billion (USD). This comes roughly two weeks after Microsoft announced that they are acquiring Activision Blizzard.

    Once the deal is finalized, SIE says that Bungie will be considered an "independent subsidiary" that is run by a board of directors consisting of the current...
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  • Sony Acquires Bluepoint Games

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    Sony Acquires Bluepoint Games

    You probably thought they were already owned by Sony.

    Sony announced today that they have added Bluepoint Games to their PlayStation Studios family. Today's announcement came via the head of PlayStation Studios Herman Hulst in a new PlayStation Blog posting.

    Hulst says that Bluepoint has "raised the bar on console-defining visuals and gameplay, and the studio’s vast expertise in world building and character creation will be a huge plus for future PlayStation Studios...
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  • RuneScape is Now Owned by the Carlyle Group

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    RuneScape is Now Owned by the Carlyle Group

    This marks the third time in five years that Jagex has been acquired.

    Jagex, the development studio behind the ever popular RuneScape, has just been bought out by the second largest private equity firm in the world, the Carlyle Group. This marks the third time in about five years that Jagex was bought out by a different owner. Less than a year ago, they were bought out by Macarthur Fortune Holding. Prior to that in 2016, they were bought by Shanghai Hongtou Network Technology.
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  • Take-Two Acquires Codemasters

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    Take-Two Acquires Codemasters

    The acquisition is now official.

    Take-Two and Codemasters have reached an agreement that will see Take-Two acquiring the developer most known for their racing games. Here is the full press release from today's announcement. ...
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  • Todd Howard Weighs in on Joining Team Xbox

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    Todd Howard Weighs in on Joining Team Xbox

    It just works.

    Todd Howard, head of Bethesda Game Studios, has also decided to weigh in on today's news that Microsoft is acquiring ZeniMax for $7.5 billion (USD). Howard shared his thoughts via a posting at Bethesda.net just a short while ago today.

    He seems to view this new partnership as a match made in heaven. He and the Xbox team have long aligned in their views on gaming.



    Morrowind, an OG Xbox title (as well as PC), reportedly went on to...
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  • Microsoft Acquires ZeniMax for $7.5 Billion

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    Microsoft Acquires ZeniMax for $7.5 Billion

    It's official.

    Microsoft has confirmed that they are in the process of acquiring ZeniMax Media for a cool $7.5 billion (USD) in cash. ZeniMax is the parent company of studios like Bethesda, creator of The Elder Scrolls, as well as id Software, the developer behind DOOM.

    This acquisition is reportedly the "biggest video game purchase ever" for Microsoft.

    At present, Bethesda has two games that are slated to arrive in 2021. Those include Deathloop...
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  • Kotaku Rumor Suggests Microsoft is Close to Buying Obsidian

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    Kotaku Rumor Suggests Microsoft is Close to Buying Obsidian

    A new rumor popped up about an hour ago courtesy of Kotaku and Jason Schreier that Microsoft is close to purchasing Obsidian. I don't normally post a bunch of rumors on the site unless there is good reason for it and the reason I'm posting this one is because Jason Schreier has a great track record on this sort of stuff. So while it's not confirmed or announced anywhere, there is probably a good chance that the rumor being true of Microsoft being close to buying Obsidian. Kotaku's so...
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  • Campo Santo Acquired by Valve

    Campo Santo Acquired by Valve

    This weekend, we learned that Firewatch development studio, Campo Santo was acquired by Valve, the former game development studio and the creators of Steam. All 12 members of Campo Santo will make the move and will continue their work on In the Valley of Gods.
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    Campo Santo Acquired by Valve

    This weekend, we learned that Firewatch development studio, Campo Santo was acquired by Valve, the former game development studio and the creators...
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