This information is not official, it comes from anonymous sources, which are claimed to have been sent. If they are true, then it is a bit worrying because the whole entertainment industry is slowly turning to one and the same companies, which could soon have complete control over the market. Which is not good in any sense. But the actors involved in the story are also aware of this, they themselves note that regulators could very easily stop work.
“Negotiations have come the furthest with NBCUniversal, but over the past month they have completely disintegrated,” an anonymous source claims.
The gaming giant decided on such negotiations after Microsoft bought Activison Blizzard for 68.7 billion US dollars earlier this year. At that moment, a more vigorous search for a new and rich owner began.
It seems likely that there will be other big deals of this kind in the near future, meaning Microsoft has launched an avalanche.
Back in February, Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot said during a quarterly call from investors that the French publisher “could remain independent”, but if there was an offer to buy them, “the board would, of course, review it in the interest of all stakeholders”. Since then, there have been reports that several private investment companies are interested in doing so.
Ultimately, the impression remains that in the market, even giants like EA can no longer survive on their own, without a budget available to companies worth hundreds of billions of dollars …
The coronavirus pandemic, the shortage of component and geopolitical challenges seem to have spread panic, the result of which is to leave the “helm” to those unaffected by crises. Or make them richer …