EA has hinted at a possible acquisition of WB Games, which is reportedly up for sale. With an acquisition of WB Games, EA could inherit prominent studios like NetherRealm Studios, Rocksteady, TT Games, and Warner Bros. Montreal. It would also mean it would gobble up valuable IP like Mortal Kombat, plus presumably licensing rights to LEGO, Harry Potter, Game of Thrones, Batman, and many more. Whether this acquisition will happen or not, who knows. It's reported that Activision, Take-Two Interactive, and Microsoft are also interested, but EA certainly has the money to pull off what will likely be a $2 to $4 billion acquisition.
The subtle hint at the acquisition came during EA's investor call today, where EA revealed "it's more interested than ever" in just not acquiring studios, but the best studios. The comment came from EA CFO Blake Jorgensen, who responded to a question about future acquisitions, including acquisitions involving "big assets." Unfortunately, this is all Jorgensen reveals, but it was enough to catch the attention of the industry and fans of it.
As you would expect, many fans of WB Games and the games they make aren't too excited about the prospect of EA gobbling up the division of Warner Bros.:
I do not see EA paying 4 billion dollars the truth nor is EA worth that there are only two companies that can pay that money and they are Microsoft and Tencent.— ruben mesa (@ruben99mesa) July 30, 2020
Anyone but EA... I repeat, anyone. I pretty much don’t play EA games so I can’t say if their game is good or bad, but their choice of make the game with different tier have different benefit, different play date is stupid enough.— Stephen N. Parker (@PeterNStrange) July 30, 2020
...done with stuff like Madden and Star Wars (though Jedi Fallen Order I’ve heard is really gopd.— MP | Amethyst Propaganda (@AmethystStanMP) July 30, 2020
When EA or Activision gets WB Games pic.twitter.com/XIorA4G1uE— TonyStarkRDX (@TonyStarkRDX) July 30, 2020
I was thinking today how great it would be to have a bunch of microtransations and loot boxes in my next Batman game. Thanks EA. Great news.— Kyle (@Superflyt56) July 30, 2020
If EA acquire them, just means 2020 is carrying on with its business— JustCraig (@justagamersheff) July 30, 2020
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