Activision Blizzard has Call of Duty and World of Warcraft . But that may not be enough for Kotick and Co.

Some time ago, EA pursued Grand Theft Auto publisher Take-Two Interactive and although negotiations went on for some time, the deal never happened. However, a new potential buyer has emerged: Activision.

A recent article at MCV has incited a storm of discussion and controversy; the piece cites "a senior executive" who says the CoD publisher might make a play for Take-Two. And then, GameSpot sources added fuel to the fire, as those sources have confirmed "talks" between the two companies. The history is clear- Activision merged with Vivendi back in 2007 (a massive $18.9 billion deal) and we all remember when they picked up Blizzard. It's why Activision has become the industry's biggest publisher, supplanting the previous king, Electronic Arts. But hey, Guitar Hero and DJ Hero are gone, and so is True Crime .

So maybe they need more. Grabbing Take-Two would give them Grand Theft Auto , which means Activision would have control of what are – arguably – the three biggest video game franchises of all time. And let's not forget about the Red Dead series, which just got a huge kick into blockbuster-ville with last year's Red Dead Redemption . Plus, they'd get Bioshock , Civilization , Borderlands , and the 2K Sports branch. EA tried to get Take-Two with a $2 billion offer but that was declined, so what might Activision have to offer…? Well, remember that Take-Two's stock is actually lower now than it was when EA tried to purchase them, although it's important to note the soaring of Take-Two's stock when GTAIV launched.

Well, whatever happens, we have a bad feeling this won't go over well with those who already dislike Activision. Trying to corner the market, are we…?

Subscribe
Notify of
82 Comments
Oldest
Newest Most Voted
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
PasteNuggs
PasteNuggs
9 years ago

O god, now they can ruin some of my favorite series. I hope Take Two doesn't merge with anyone. They seem to have their sh*t together and really love their fans it seems.

Cesar_ser_4
Cesar_ser_4
9 years ago

you guys thing that activision might do this because they're aware that their cod franchise wont last? i mean they said they dont think this new cod will surpass the old one in sales… just a thought

Oxvial
Oxvial
9 years ago

Very scary sh**.


Last edited by Ben Dutka PSXE on 2/11/2011 9:38:48 PM

GuernicaReborn
GuernicaReborn
9 years ago

Sign of the apocalypse #42

nilos95
nilos95
9 years ago

Kotick is the Beast!

Snaaaake
Snaaaake
9 years ago

Is there a list for the sign?
I'm interested.

Lawless SXE
Lawless SXE
9 years ago

Hearing what Activision's plans for the new Spyro are only makes me dislikes them more, and if they get T2… Oh god. It will not be at all pretty.

From a business standpoint, it makes sense, but from a moral one: Keep Activision AWAY from my Bioshock and R*.
Peace.

ZettaiSeigi
ZettaiSeigi
9 years ago

I saw that trailer for Spyro. Man, Activision sure like mooching as much money that they could from their audience! Surely, they deserve the Craptivi$ion monicker.

That said, I'm sure I'm among the millions who are against Activision getting their grubby hands on Take Two. I hope it never happens. Else, we'd probably have to say goodbye to GTA, Bioshock, Read Dead Redemption, and other well-loved T2 games as we know them.

frylock25
frylock25
9 years ago

to that god i dont believe in: "please no!!"

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

You better find a God and pray quick!

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

Don't take my Bioshock you filth!

From the desk of Andrew Ryan: Kotick is a parasite, don't support Kotick.

Oxvial
Oxvial
9 years ago

Most likely they would stop doing Bioshock because it doesn't sell good by the new Activision standards.

HighOnFire
HighOnFire
9 years ago

If Booby touches a hair on one Little Sisters head, WE RIOT.

STAY3R
STAY3R
9 years ago

Activision is clearly a publisher that releases titles like clockwork. In all fairness, so is EA. EA tried to buy out Take 2 and failed. This clearly isn't a company that will assimilate easily. In the end, the corporate structure of both these companies is so immense, the only real threat to gamers is some dicier franchises(Max Payne, Bioshock, Borderlands) will be discontinued or diminished over the years and likely nothing will take their place. Nobody is going to mess with Rockstar… they make way too much money doing things their way(just like Blizzard).

Honestly, I'm not worrying… for every company that gets assimilated, in time a new more innovative one will rise from the ashes. It's still a very competitive market.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

I trust EA more because their franchises actually attempt to get better in each iteration, now maybe that is because they have better studios under their umbrella (Visceral, Bioware) but in my opinion, which I respect, they don't seem to be forcing their studio's hand the way Activision does.

STAY3R
STAY3R
9 years ago

@WorldEndsWithMe: you don't have the head to understand what i tried to mean

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

I wasn't responding to your thesis, only to the idea that EA and Activision are the same animal.

jaynet333
jaynet333
9 years ago

Maybe it would be good for Activision in the short term, but bad for gaming fans and the gaming industry as a whole in the long term. Look what they did to the music game genre. They milked it for everything they possibly could, completely over-saturated the market, and brought about its almost complete demise. I really hope Take-Two turns down any offer from Activision.

main_event05
main_event05
9 years ago

If that happens it'll be a sad sad day for gamers everywhere.

Again, somehow this is Microsoft's fault with their, "If you can't beat 'em, buy 'em" ideology.

I'm just rant there but I'm sure someone can salvage that for me.

Thanks in advance.


Last edited by main_event05 on 2/11/2011 10:50:39 PM

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

The only connection to MS that I see is that Bungie will also die by Activision's hand now that they are free of MS. Out of the frying pan and into the fire, "…tired of making Halo? Great now make us three CoD games by next year!"

main_event05
main_event05
9 years ago

I got it. It's microsoft's fault cause they cater to twitcher's who in turn buy craptactular games in record numbers which gives that kotex guy the crazy idea that he and his company are on the right track.

SirLoin of Beef
SirLoin of Beef
9 years ago

What ISN'T MS's fault to you?

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

Human-mice hybrids. No, they must be behind that too.

main_event05
main_event05
9 years ago

haha, so world, you're saying that MS has to make their own beady-eyed games? I smell a conspiracy, well, at least a new layer in an old one.

main_event05
main_event05
9 years ago

*gamers

Jawknee
Jawknee
9 years ago

::facepalm::

Please…just…no…

BikerSaint
BikerSaint
9 years ago

Just see how anti-vision's just screwed the pooch on the True Crime series, the bast*ards!

So please, oh please, if there's a gaming God on Planet Earth, please hear my plea's to NEVER, EVER, let kotex & anti-vision get their money-grubbing cow-milking dirty f*cking paws on Take-2!!!!!

Lairfan
Lairfan
9 years ago

Amen.

Nickjcal
Nickjcal
9 years ago

Are you serious! "Bangs head against the wall repeatedly"

booze925
booze925
9 years ago

oh. crap.
take two. do NOT do it. GTA and the Red Dead series will go down with guitar hero

main_event05
main_event05
9 years ago

The dude in that pic just looks a douche bag

FatherSun
FatherSun
9 years ago

He looks like a BAG of douchebags.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

He is.

SixSpeedKing
SixSpeedKing
9 years ago

Well duh! It's Bobby Kotex.

Dancemachine55
Dancemachine55
9 years ago

Kotick will find a way to release GTA's and Red Dead games annually, therefore killing the franchises within 2 years.

GTA IV was over 4 years in the works, and it still had its fair share of bugs. Imagine how poor each game would be if developers only had 1 year to work on a massive GTA or Red Dead game?

I can see other great 2K or Rockstar games dying out as well. If Take Two had been under Activision, it may have been likely that Borderlands wouldn't of seen the light of day because it didn't measure up to CoD standards in the eyes of Antivision.

Take Two are already doing fine the way they are. The gamers love their games. The casual and hardcore audience is happy to have 1 or 2 golden GTA titles for each generation of consoles. Take Two make serious money on games like GTA, Red Dead, Bioshock, LA Noire (which I suspect will be quite huge), and Borderlands.

Take Two would be insane to join up with Activision, and I suspect Take Two shares would plummet down to Middle Earth if the merger were to happen.

Then again, Activision has been treating Blizzard games rather well, I don't see a new World of Warcraft, Starcraft or Diablo every year.

Best of all, if the merger were to happen, I could then call the company "Take Activision 2 Blizzard"… yeah… where Activision belongs…

PorkChopGamer
PorkChopGamer
9 years ago

Activision belongs in a blizzard? LMAOh, wait, I don't get it…

Alienange
Alienange
9 years ago

I hate to say it, but maybe Activision would get some online play in GTA that would actually be fun. The singleplayer on the other hand… would suffer.

Bloodysilence19
Bloodysilence19
9 years ago

great we gamers are now phucked. devilision is pretty much taking control and turning gaming into a joke. i vote to hog tie Kotick drop him off in the middle of the ocean whos with me.

___________
___________
9 years ago

eh, NEVER going to happen!
2K are a big enough company to stand on there own feet.
if they were in financial trouble or something like that then i would be worried, but they just came off a record year, and are going to have another one with LA Noire and hopefully max payne 3.
a smaller company yea id believe that, but 2K?
no way!

main_event05
main_event05
9 years ago

finally you starting to make some sense.

Ludicrous_Liam
Ludicrous_Liam
9 years ago

But seriously…write in proper punctuation. Yes this is just the internet but it makes it eaiser to read your posts.


Last edited by Ludicrous_Liam on 2/12/2011 1:07:02 AM

Lord carlos
Lord carlos
9 years ago

Next time on underline guy
He starts saying positive things about sony and the PS3 in particular proving once and for all that he actually owns a playstation!


Last edited by Lord carlos on 2/12/2011 1:41:24 AM

Pandacastro
Pandacastro
9 years ago

Sign of the apocalypse #43
No name writes a nice comment.

Dancemachine55
Dancemachine55
9 years ago

LOL!!! Poor _________, he only speaks his mind.

And I for once agree here. Take Two is far too large a company for anyone to buy out or merge with. If EA couldn't do it, what chances do Activision have?

Then again, Antivision did acquire Blizzard and Bungie, so anything could happen.

2010 and 2011 appear to be the years we see more flying pigs.

kraygen
kraygen
9 years ago

I'm not sure I even understand why take two would be interested here. They own and develop most of the biggest games in the industry. Other than what "John" mentioned there's also Mafia, Max Payne, Midnight Club, and Serious Sam.

Why would they even consider this. If anything they need to simply expand their operation. They have the groundwork set up to be bigger than EA and Craptivision.

If they are in need of money, than someone over there just needs to learn some budgeting because they should be raking in the money.

Take two, just say no drugs and just say no to craptivision.

Lord carlos
Lord carlos
9 years ago

Activision's takeover memo to Take two interactive:
We are ACTIVISION.
We have analysed your defensive capabilities as unable to withstand us.
We will add your biological and technological distinctiveness to our own.
Your game release timetable as it has been is now over.
You will adapt to service us.
Resistance is FUTILE.
End memo.

A shiny gold piece to anyone who can guess which tv show i stole this from!

PasteNuggs
PasteNuggs
9 years ago

Star Trek. Right as I started reading your post I thought Borg.

Lord carlos
Lord carlos
9 years ago

Clink
One gold piece for you sir 🙂

kraygen
kraygen
9 years ago

Technically you are wrong, as the borg are not in Star Trek, they don't show up until Star Trek: The Next Generation. =)

Nitpicking I know.

Lord carlos
Lord carlos
9 years ago

AHH but they were in an episode of Enterprise which happens before kirk & co.