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Epic and the $1 billion Microsoft deal: it’s GamePro again

Monday, 18th February 2008 15:11 GMT By Patrick Garratt

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According to this, the latest issue of GamePro predicts that Microsoft will buy Epic this year for $1 billion.

“Microsoft will buy Epic Games for $1 billion this summer,” said. Travis Moses, assistant editor at the US mag. “Epic Games is one of the few highly regarded indie developers… partly for their games but mostly for their Unreal engine technology. Microsoft has lots of cash on hand, and in buying Epic, could collect royalty rights for Unreal technology across other platforms. Given Epic’s tight partnership with Microsoft, along with widespread use of the Unreal engine, and this move makes a lot of sense, particularly in light of [Electronic Arts]’s Pandemic/BioWare merger [as] well as the Activision/Vivendi shockers.”

GamePro hit the news wholesale recently by running a Gears of War 2 flash on its cover, a move that drew down the wrath of the great Rein himself. Draw your own conclusion, number-crunching fans.

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  1. Blerk

    Pfft! Nah.

    #1 6 years ago
  2. patlike

    Innit. No chance.

    #2 6 years ago
  3. Blerk

    Why would Epic ever want to sell? They’re almost certainly at the height at their game at the minute. Perhaps they’ll buy Microsoft instead? :-)

    #3 6 years ago
  4. patlike

    Quite. I’d be “surprised”, put it that way.

    #4 6 years ago
  5. rauper

    “Why would Epic ever want to sell?”

    Having a billion dollars seems like quite a good reason.

    #5 6 years ago
  6. patlike

    They’re signing new licensing deals every ten minutes, and each one’s worth millions. GoW did 4.5 million on 360 alone: just think what GoW2′s going to do. A billion’s nowhere near enough.

    #6 6 years ago
  7. DizkoSkatinSuperstar

    I might buy a steak from Tesco later on. Or I might get chicken breasts instead. Either way, I’m really hungry. GamePro can quote me on that.

    #7 6 years ago
  8. patlike

    I will if they won’t. I’ll put it up as lead for the 8am newsletter.

    #8 6 years ago
  9. DizkoSkatinSuperstar

    “HD-DVD collapse sparks meat war”

    #9 6 years ago
  10. patlike

    “HD-DVD frying tonight? Steak you house on it!”

    #10 6 years ago
  11. DizkoSkatinSuperstar

    “Cordon Blu: Steaks raised as HD-DVD meats maker”

    *kills self*

    #11 6 years ago
  12. patlike

    You so win.

    #12 6 years ago