Deal that could reach $ 4 billion would make the ‘Mortal Kombat’ franchise exclusive to Xbox and add several established stadiums
A new rumor shook the video game industry on Monday (6). According to the website The Information, Microsoft has shown an interest in acquiring Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, the gaming arm of the Warner conglomerate. With that, the company would acquire several renowned gaming stadiums.
In case of success, Microsoft would have the Xbox Game Studios umbrella names like NetherRealm, known for the games in the “Mortal Kombat” franchise, Rocksteady, which developed the acclaimed games from the “Batman Arkham” series and Monolith, responsible for the games “Terra Mdia”, inspired by the saga of “Lord of the Rings”.
It is worth noting that a likely agreement to buy the stadiums would not necessarily be reflected in the transfer of all franchises, especially those that go beyond the world of games, such as “Batman” and “Harry Potter”. The rumor indicates that some of the intellectual properties are in the package, the main one being “Mortal Kombat”, but the others would still depend on licensing agreements.
The acquisition would still depend on a likely auction against other companies interested in the business. Among them are heavy names like Activision, Electronic Arts and Take-Two Interactive. The estimate is that the business may move between US $ 2 billion and US $ 4 billion.
On the part of Microsoft, it would make sense to acquire Warner Studios. The company has invested heavily in the acquisition of companies to integrate Xbox Game Studios after receiving criticism that its line-up of exclusive games cannot cope with that of competitor Sony. Among the names are Double Fine Productions, Obsidian Entertainment, Playground Games, Ninja Theory and several others.
The acquisition becomes even more curious when it is noted that Sony made “Street Fighter 5” an exclusive PS4 game through an agreement with Capcom. Making “Mortal Kombat” an exclusive Xbox series would be an interesting response and one that could force more aggressive measures from its rival.
Discussions about the sale of WB Interactive emerged in June. Shareholders of AT&T, which acquired the entire WarnerMedia for more than $ 100 billion in 2018, ask the company to reduce the debt generated by the acquisition by selling less important business divisions. Despite this, there is still no clear statement from the company that the sector is for sale.
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