The thought of an EA acquisition might have been a part of the discourse surrounding ongoing video games business consolidation, however behind the scenes, plainly the developer has really been working in direction of a sale. A brand new report by Puck’s Dylan Byers (paywalled) gripped headlines final evening because it claims that EA has been “persistently” pursuing buyout affords, and nearly merged with NBCUniversal till talks fell by way of simply final month.
EA acquisition turned extra possible after Microsoft Activision deal
Puck claims that Comcast CEO Brian Roberts had been eyeing varied acquisitions since way back to 2018, reportedly failing to cease a takeover of Fox in addition to the WarnerMedia merger, each of whom he needed. Comcast, which owns NBCUniversal, turned emboldened as soon as once more and began eyeing an acquisition when Microsoft introduced its buy of Activsion Blizzard as Roberts continues to be trying to develop, particularly into the gaming world. Based on Puck, he approached EA CEO Andrew Wilson within the wake of the Microsoft Activision deal, and talks really progressed. With EA additionally on the lookout for a method out, each firms spent weeks negotiating. Sadly for Roberts and EA, these talks fell by way of final month.
Apparently, EA and Comcast didn’t see eye to eye on the phrases of acquisition, particularly when it got here to cost and firm construction. Each firms refused to reply to Puck when it reached out for remark. The publication’s sources declare that whereas EA’s deliberate merger with NBCUniversal fell by way of, the writer continues to be concerned about a sale and has been speaking to different firms together with Disney, Apple, and Amazon. All three firms additionally declined to remark, which is par for the course in terms of such studies.
As just lately as March, EA was nonetheless speaking to Disney and hoped to be provided extra than simply licensing offers, however for some purpose, Disney doesn’t appear concerned about pursuing something.
So far as the same old suspects Sony and Microsoft are involved, a sale to both of the 2 appears out of query as they’re each within the strategy of being scrutinized by the FTC following their high-profile purchases of Bungie and Activision Blizzard, respectively. However there are lots of extra gamers out there, together with the likes of Tencent. An EA acquisition appears to be like prefer it’s solely a matter of time.
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