Thu, Feb 12, 2009 | 17:18 GMT
Report: Namco moves to buy D3
Namco has reached agreements to acquire 70 percent of D3′s shares, according to this Andriasang report.
The news apparently comes from a press release.
Namco hopes to acquire the full 100 percent of shares, at a price of 62,000 yen.
D3 will be turned into a wholly-owned Namco subsidiary.
Other detail from the press release outlines resulting benefits of the move:
- Cooperation on overseas content expansion using such products as D3′s BEN10 series.
- Increasing the value of D3′s content by tying it in with Bandai Namco Groups’ other “strategic business units” (the release mentions five such units: toys and hobbies, amusement facilities, game content, network, and video/music content).
- Use of Bandai Namco Games content with D3′s casual games series
- Use of D3′s content with Bandai Namco’s “multi-content” development system (this presumably refers to Bandai Namco’s ability to produce toys, anime and other products outside of games).
- For North American content development, improvement of development efficiency through shared use of technology (game engines, etc.)
- Cooperative development and promotions for mobile content
- Offering of new types of play and new content by using the combined knowhow of Bandai Namco Games and D3