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Activision Taking Take-Two?

MCV reports a rumor that Activision is looking to acquire rival publisher/developer Take-Two Interactive, saying these "rumours are circulating at the highest level" (whatever that means). They offer a quote from an anonymous source described as "a senior executive" (of an unspecified company) saying:  "There are very strong rumours amongst people at a very senior level within the global business," though this is followed by some hedging and fuzzy math: "But there're not much more than that at the moment they are just rumours. And, of course, given Activision's news this week, everyone is now looking to see what their next move is. But you can definitely put two and two together and make four-ish."

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4. Re: Activision Taking Take-Two? Feb 11, 2011, 10:25 Warskull
ASeven wrote on Feb 11, 2011, 10:18:
nin wrote on Feb 11, 2011, 10:12:
What does Activision have besides COD and Blizzard? They need new IPs, so it's not surprising.

Pretty much this. They're probably looking for new IPs and the cynical in me tells me they're going to bleed it dry too once they get them.

Either way, anyone interested in the stock market should take a closer look at the stocks of both these publishers, especially Take-2 if the merger is announced. Expect prices to spike up.

It has been their MO so far. Buy companies, get IPs, run them into the ground with yearly sequels until they stop selling. Their only options are to cease being relevant and leech off Blizzard or buy new IPs to exploit and run into the ground.

It would be ironic for the heads of Rockstar to get abused by Activision after they abused the people who made RDR.
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