Rumour: Warner closing on Codemasters buyout

By Patrick Garratt, Tuesday, 23 June 2009 11:24 GMT


“Just shut up.”
[inaudible, breaking glass]
“You’re late.”
“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 month ago.”
“Yeah, well, apparently they’ve completed due diligence and buyout discussions are ongoing.”
“No shit.”
“Apparently so.”
[commotion, sounds like falling chair, muffled noises]
“Jesus. You’ve asked them for comment?”
“Yes. Codemasters said, ‘We have nothing to say on the matter.’ I think the Warner mails got lost in the ether somewhere.”
“Well, it’d make a lot of sense. Warner needs the dev. Sounds like they’re really going for it.”
“It does seem that way, yes. They must still be looking for a proper in after Square beat them to Eidos.”
“And Codies has been up for sale for years.”
“Very much so. Got any smokes?”
“You disgust me. Is that it?”
“Yes. And fucking get over yourself. I feel sick. Where’s my money?”
“Here. And stop calling me at home. My wife’s suspicious enough as it is.”
“Just be honest with her.”
“I don’t think so. Won’t you stay a while?”
“After last time? No.”
“Maybe if you didn’t stink there wouldn’t be such a problem.”
“I don’t need this.”
“Get out.”
[mumbling, slamming door, screaming]

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