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Rumor: Electronic Arts 'Persistent in Pursuing a Sale'

Rumor: Electronic Arts 'Persistent in Pursuing a Sale' - News

by William D'Angelo , posted on 01 June 2022 / 3,922 Views

The gaming industry has seen a number of larger gaming publishers and developers acquired in recent years. This includes Microsoft's acquisitions of Activision Blizzard and Bethesda parent company ZeniMax Media, Take-Two acquiring Zynga, Sony acquiring Bungie, and more.

Reporter Dylan Byers, who has worked with NBC News, CNN, and Politico, in a post on Puck News has said he has heard from multiple sources that Electronic Arts is looking to sell or enter a merger and it has held talks with a number of companies, including Disney, Apple, Amazon, and NBC Universal.

The report says the gaming giant has been "persistent in pursuing a sale" and has only held more talks following Microsoft's acquisition of Activision Blizzard.

Rumor: Electronic Arts 'Persistent in Pursuing a Sale'

Other sources have said EA is looking for a merger that would allow EA CEO Andrew Wilson to remain as the chief executive. 

Brian Roberts, the chairman and CEO of Comcast, has approached Wilson with a proposal for Comcast to spin off NBC Universal and merge it with EA into a single company. This is according to four sources who said this proposal fell apart in the last month due to a disagreement over price and structure.

EA has also approached Disney as recently as a couple of months ago looking for "a more meaningful relationship" than licensing deals. Though, it isn't clear what that exactly means.

Thanks, ResetEra.

A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012 and taking over the hardware estimates in 2017. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel. You can contact the author on Twitter @TrunksWD.

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2zosteven (on 20 May 2022)

Large shareholders looking for a big payday.

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aTokenYeti 2zosteven (on 20 May 2022)

That’s the current state of the market unfortunately

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Shiken (on 20 May 2022)

Seems like all the big dogs want to be aquired...this makes me happy to own all three current gen consoles...but I must say I am a little tired of the consolidation at this point.

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method114 Shiken (on 20 May 2022)

The good thing is they all seem to be navigating towards PC. I've turned my PC into a console at this point and just use a controller for the whole thing.

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Shiken method114 (on 20 May 2022)

I will have one at some point myself. But seeing as I end up with all the consoles in most cases, I have a hard time justifying the initial plung when I can already play everything I want. And for me to buy a PC instead of a would have to be high end.

That is my own personal unwillingness to sacrifice power for my future PC. I will be there one day, just not yet lol.

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Ka-pi96 (on 20 May 2022)

I'd be willing to buy them. If any banks out there are willing to help fund a debt based acquisition, give me a call!

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VAMatt (on 21 May 2022)

"....sources have said EA is looking for a merger that would allow EA CEO Andrew Wilson to remain as the chief executive."

This is why MS and Sony aren't mentioned. If that CEO is to stay in place, they'll need to be bought by a non-gaming company so that he can keep running the gaming business.

That said, they're a publicly traded company. So, they must do whatever is best for the shareholders. One of the gaming companies can certainly swoop in and pick them up if they want. And, considering the recent dip in stock prices, and the still fairly low interest rates, now looks like a good time to buy.

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VAMatt (on 20 May 2022)

EA Sports titles could be, and probably should be, reworked into constantly updated games that keep people subscribed to a service like Gamepass. Just sayin'.

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2zosteven VAMatt (on 21 May 2022)

that is a great idea! lets see if anyone from EA reads this!

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Jumpinbeans (on 21 May 2022)

Sony are better off looking at WarnerBrosDiscovery as a merger partner or takeover target. Ticks way more boxes - film studio, tv studio, tv distribution, games studios and at only $8billion more.

Game Studio - if looking purely at a game side - then Epic would be a better bet as its got a game distribution network and is focussed on the live service games which is wear Sony wants to go. It would also get control over the unreal engine.

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SanAndreasX (on 21 May 2022)

This industry is going to shit.

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LivncA_Dis3 (on 22 May 2022)

No1 wants to partner with EA coz they've been A shit show for these past couple of months except for respawn entertainment just barely lifting them

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method114 (on 20 May 2022)

Honestly other than Respawn I don't see why anyone would want EA. I was looking at their catalog and they really don't have anything. They have some good IPs but man you have to take in a lot of junk just to get them.

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VAMatt method114 (on 21 May 2022)

EA Sports, of course.

Also, those junk IPs aren't negatives. They may not be worth a lot, but they're still properties with greater than zero value.

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method114 VAMatt (on 21 May 2022)

Yea I guess because I don’t play sports games the company has lost all relevance to me. BioWare is shell of who they were and respawn is focused on Apex which while great I’m over it. They are limited by how much they can do because of it. They should hand off apex and let someone else maintain it.

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VAMatt method114 (on 21 May 2022)

Yeah, I don't play sports games either, so EA doesn't much factor into my gaming life. Madden and FIFA (soon to be EA Sports FC) are two of the biggest franchises in gaming though, so they are hugely valuable.

That said, these indy games that they've published like Unravel and It Takes Two are awesome. So, it isn't as thought EA is totally irrelevant outside of sports.

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rapsuperstar31 (on 20 May 2022)

I can't imagine Sony or Microsoft buying them without all the sports leagues stipulating sports stay multiplatorm if they want to keep the licenses. Similar to MLB forcing The Show on Xbox and Nintendo systems.

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Ka-pi96 rapsuperstar31 (on 20 May 2022)

How multi-platform do the leagues actually want the games though? I mean, the Switch is regularly overlooked when it comes to sports games already so clearly they don't require them to be on every platform.

Microsoft typically have day and date PC releases already so are effectively multiplatform already. Sony has been ramping up PC support in recent years too.

Plus, money talks. I'm 100% sure all of the rights holders would agree to an exclusive game if they were offered enough cash for the rights.

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twintail Ka-pi96 (on 21 May 2022)

It's not about the money as much as it is the audience reach

Sports games are an important channel to keeping sustained interest in a particular sport.

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twintail rapsuperstar31 (on 21 May 2022)

1) no one is biying EA expecting the sports title to be anything but multiplatform. That's a given, and studios will know that before even considering getting EA.

2) we don't know if Sony were forced to take MLB multiplatform. What we do know is that 2022 is the first year since 1983 that only a single MLB licenced console baseball game was released.l, meaning Sony may finally actually have exclusive console rights to the license. But that's just speculation.

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