EA & Ubisoft

EA Invests in UbiSoft Entertainment (thanks Frans) has the unexpected announcement that Electronic Arts has acquired just under 20% of Ubisoft:
REDWOOD CITY, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dec. 20, 2004--Electronic Arts today announced an investment in international game developer and publisher UbiSoft Entertainment, headquartered in Rennes, France. The investment represents approximately 19.9 percent interest in the company -- shares purchased as a block from Talpa Beheer B.V. to be completed upon obtaining antitrust clearance from the U.S. government. Financial terms were not disclosed.
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if there's going to be a monopoly on publishers, I'd really rather anyone other than EA :/

IMO consolidation of publishers is going to encourage alternative distribution methods - like Steam - and alternative revenue sources - like game advertising.

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