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EA Purchasing Warner Bros. Games Rumours Fly As Publisher States Fresh Interest in Acquisitions

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With Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment (the company's video games sector) reportedly being up for sale, rumours are currently running rampant that Electronic Arts could be looking to pounce on a possible acquisition, with IPs like the Batman Arkham series, TT Games' LEGO franchise, the Harry Potter license and Mortal Kombat potentially at stake.

Previously, Microsoft, Take-Two, Activision, and EA have been in the mix when it comes to rumoured Warner Bros. Interactive  acquisition talks, but recent comments from Electronic Arts on its acquisition strategy have sparked fresh speculation that the FIFA, Battlefield, and Apex Legends publisher could be poised to make a move.

With EA linked to a possible WB Games takeover, COO Blake Jorgensen was asked about the subject of an acquisition, to which he replied that there is "one big asset we know of", stopping short of naming Warner Bros. Interactive, specifically, adding that the company is "more interested than ever" in acquisitions.

"It is very rare that we don’t get a chance to look at anything that’s up for sale," Jorgensen commented during EA's Q1 earnings call yesterday (via VGC). "You can imagine people call us and say, 'we’re thinking about selling a business' or 'we’re thinking about selling ourselves'. We are a place that a lot of people want to come as a long-term home if they decide to sell their business. So we get to look at almost everything."

He went on to add that EA's interest lies more in gaining new talent rather than game franchises, stating that its priority lies in forging "long-term relationships with people," adding that "we’re really trying to buy great talent versus games." Jorgensen cited Respawn as a "classic example".

"It wasn’t about Titanfall – and that’s no offense to Titanfall, it’s an amazing game and we’ll maybe see a Titanfall at some point sometime down the road – but it was really about the team and it starts at the top with Vince but it goes all the way through the whole organisation," he said.

Reports from CNBC and The Information stated that Warner Bros. Interactive could be up for sale as parent company AT&T seeks to gain approx. $4 billion to pay off its debts. Could EA be in the frame to acquire WB Games and its studios (including WB Montreal, NetherRealm, Monolith, TT Games, and others) and licenses, then? For now, this is one to file strictly under the 'rumour' category, but stranger things have happened.




 
 

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