Rumour – Activision looking to buy GTA publisher Take Two

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Gaming has its fair share of giants. Massive franchises, colossal console competition and of course some stupendously solid publishers. But these are all split across various companies and studios. There’s no ultimate company out there, controlling all of your favourite games. Activision on the other hand, might be the company closest to doing that if they do end up buying Take Two Interactive.

That’s the word according to research done by benchmark analyst Mike Hickey via Polygon, who says that the two companies have mutual goals that could benefit from such a partnership. Take Two and Activision are looking into getting into the movie business, and seeing as how Activision already has “deep connections to Hollywood,” throwing in a Take Two franchise such as Grand Theft Auto on the big screen could be a winner.

“For Activision, acquiring Take-Two Interactive would be a no-brainer, in our view, circling some of the strongest development talent and owned IP in the world, within a company that has nearly $1 billion in cash and trades at a comparably lower multiple,” Hickey said.

Doing so would also result in Activision being home to three of the biggest studios on the planet, Blizzard, Rockstar Games and Bungie. Although applying the Activision logic of annualizing certain franchises could be a bit more difficult with the properties under the wing of Take Two.

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This isn’t the first time that a publisher has taken a chance at acquiring Take Two either. Back in 2008, EA tried romancing the publisher, with a $2 billion offer that was then rejected by the Take Two board of directors.

Last Updated: September 1, 2014

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  • Kensei Seraph
    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      Yes!

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  • Alien Emperor Trevor

    Hmm. I wouldn’t like to see that from a competition point of view. We’re already at the mercy of big publishers, further consolidation won’t help.

  • Hammersteyn
    • Admiral Chief Assassin

      BWAHAHAHAHAHA

  • Dutch Matrix

    Hopefully Take Two is still diving into their millions Scrooge McDuck style. And they wipe their behinds on the proposal from Activision if it arrives in their mailbox…

  • I would rather see Activision be partners then EA. EA fucks up nearly everything these days.

  • Sk3tz0

    Oh yea.. So if that happens we can expect a GTA every November.. and It’ll look like the all the rest except SHITE!

  • Ryanza

    GTA 5 broke all sorts of sales records when it was released. I’m sure that made Activision really mad. I remember how gaming media didn’t report properly on how GTA destroyed the Call of Duty sales throne. Most media made it seem like Call of Duty did well compared to GTA 5. Companies like Activision doesn’t just want to make money, they want all the money and all the praise.

    Rockstar is TakeTwo’s biggest earners. There’s also has Sid Meier and NBA. I don’t think TakeTwo will sell to anyone. When a Rockstar game gets released they just rake in the money. Activision will need to shell up some serious cash but even then I don’t think they will sell.

    I don’t want to play GTA connected to a Activision servers. Once these big publishers buy CD Projekt RED then I might just be done with gaming.

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