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Take Two COO: “We’re a great investment,” but still opting to remain independent

Stroking the flames of fire a bit, Take Two COO Karl Slatoff has said the company is a “very attractive” target for a buyout due to the company’s arsenal of IP.

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Buyout headlines

  • Rumor: Activision looking to buy Take-Two [Updated]

    Update: An Activision rep, unsurprisingly, replied to us with a quick, no frills “Activision doesn’t comment on industry rumor and speculation.” As always, we’ll fall back on an old cliche: that’s not a “no.” Original Story: “Saw it coming.” Said the man who got blindsided by a speeding train.

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  • Harmonix completes MBO, goes indie

    Harmonix has confirmed that it’s bought itself from Viacom, and will now operate independently.

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  • Drake: Harmonix sale won't affect games, "several buyers" being courted

    Harmonix PR John Drake has assured that Viacom’s just-announced sale of the firm won’t impact support of its current properties.

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  • Viacom confirms sale of struggling Harmonix

    Viacom has confirmed it’s to sell Rock Band studio Harmonix, the AP reports.

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  • Batman bought: Warner acquires Rocksteady

    Warner just announced it’s acquired a majority shareholding in Batman: Arkham Asylum developer Rocksteady.

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  • Rumor: Bethesda to purchase Valve?

    Bethesda? Valve? Is there something going on between you two? Because we read this editorial by Eurogamer, and well, just look: “However, it’s also worth watching closely what happens to Steam in the coming months. Unconfirmed industry scuttlebutt suggests that Zenimax – the parent company of Bethesda, which made headlines back in June when it […]

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  • Ubi buys Trackmania developer, Nadeo

    Trackmania developer Nadia’s sold out to Ubi, it’s been confirmed today. Did you know Trackmania’s played by 700,000 people a month? Well, it is. “The acquisition of Nadeo is an important step in our expansion within the on-line gaming sector”, said super Yves Guillemot, Ubisoft’s mega-boss. “Through Nadeo, Ubisoft will gain an expert team, one […]

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  • IGN buys WhatTheyPlay.com

    IGN’s bought WhatTheyPlay.com, as you can see here. “As videogames become a mainstream form of entertainment, offering insight about game content that helps parents make informed decisions about what games are appropriate will be a useful service. We are excited to welcome What They Play into the IGN fold.” said IGN’s Peer Schneider. WhatTheyPlay was […]

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  • Microsoft: "We have no plans to acquire EA"

    Microsoft’s issued a flat-out denial that it’s in the frame for an EA buy. “We have no plans to acquire EA,” a spokesperson told Marketwatch last night. “Unsubstantiated” rumors popped up regarding a sale yesterday, forcing up EA’s share price.

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  • Analyst: "Major media company" preparing THQ bid

    THQ’s shares rose 13 percent yesterday on rumour that a “major media company” is preparing a bid for the publisher. MKM Partners analyst Eric Handler started the chatter, according to this Forbes report. However, Handler said he does not see a sale as likely in the near term. “[The] company still has a very high […]

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  • Disney acquires Marvel in $4 billion deal

    Holy shit. Disney’s announced it’s acquiring Marvel for around $4 billion. That’s roughly $50 per Marvel share, a 30 percent premium to Marvel’s current share price. “This transaction combines Marvel’s strong global brand and world-renowned library of characters including Iron Man, Spider-Man, X-Men, Captain America, Fantastic Four and Thor with Disney’s creative skills, unparalleled global […]

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  • EA looking for smaller acquisitions after Take-Two failure

    EA CFO Eric Brown has said EA is now in the market for smaller buys, speaking at the Pacific Crest Technology Leadership Forum in Vail, Colorado, this week. Talking of EA’s failed attempt to buy Take-Two this year, Brown said, “That’s a deal whose timeframe has come and long gone. We’re just not interested in […]

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  • Zenimax borrowed $105 million to buy id

    ZeniMax raised $105 million in convertible debt and promissory notes in order to buy, id Software, VentureBeat reports. The figure comes from an SEC filing – financials figures weren’t disclosed when the deal was announced in June. ZeniMax previously raised $300 million in private equity funding in 2007. Full thing through there.

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  • id-Zenimax discussions started a year ago

    Zenimax first started talking to id about the possibility of buying the firm about a year ago, ZeniMax CEO Robert Altman has told Joystiq. “I had my first meeting with Todd Hollenshead at E3 a year ago,” he said. “We had a general discussion about how our two companies might explore matters of mutual interest […]

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  • Romero brands Zenimax id buy as "disgusting"

    Ex-id, ex-ION Storm “legend” John Romero clearly isn’t a fan of Zenimax buying id Software. On hearing the news, Romero tweeted, “ZENIMAX??????? Disgusting.” Good gravy. There was more. Big John went on to claim that “Fallout 3 bought DOOM.” Romero’s making iPhone games at the moment. Thanks, GamerVision.

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  • Rumour: Warner closing on Codemasters buyout

    “Just shut up.” [inaudible, breaking glass] “You’re late.” “Whatever.” “Are you drunk?” “Yes. I don’t like you very much. It’s easier like this.” “Get the fuck on with it.” [sounds like clattering plates, grumbling] “You know Warner’s been looking at Codemasters?” “I don’t think they’re the only ones, but yes. There were ‘whispers’ about a […]

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  • Apple-EA buyout rumour beyond "idiotic," says Pachter

    Wedbush Morgan’s Michael Pachter doesn’t think Apple’s buying EA, as rumoured this morning. “To say that it is idiotic would be an insult to all idiots,” the analyst told VG247 today. The Street’s David Tong said in this piece that “chatter” said Apple was eyeing EA a takeover target. Maybe not, then.

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  • Report: Apple eyeing EA buyout

    A round-up on The Street’s claimed that Apple may be looking to buy EA. “Adami noted that there is chatter that Apple (AAPL Quote) is eyeing Electronic Arts(ERTS Quote) as a takeover target,” said David Tong, writing in this piece. Stranger things have happened. In fact, this really wouldn’t be very shocking at all. Thanks, […]

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  • Fresh Take-Two buyout rumours boost share price

    Take-Two shares are way up today, having enjoyed an 11.9 percent rise to $9.40 this morning. They also rose more than 5 percent last Thursday. Why? FlyOnTheWall‘s claiming there’s “renewed buyout chatter” surrounding the firm. $9.40 isn’t quite the $25.74-a-share offer EA trotted out last year, is it? Thanks, Barron’s.

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