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1 minute ago, Wahwah* said:

Can we get rid of this thread.  It overlaps with a thread which is bigger than this wannabe megathread. It is stupid to discuss this here when there is a dedicated thread for the topic. 

 

Please leave it, there's more than Microsoft and Activision out there.

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5 hours ago, Doctor Shark said:

 

Deal isn't closed. Doesn't close until 2023. Deal is underway, officially.


Until Microsoft’s 2023. Which starts in July. There’s a reasonable chance, I suspect, of it closing this calendar year.

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5 hours ago, Wahwah* said:

Can we get rid of this thread.  It overlaps with a thread which is bigger than this wannabe megathread. It is stupid to discuss this here when there is a dedicated thread for the topic. 

 

A megathread should acquire this thread, so that it can be merged into it.

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Staggering news.  Some fuckin' cahones on Microsoft for sure.  Massive brands with Xbox perks?  Crazy times. 

 

Still, I haven't bought anything Activision (aside from Sekiro eek!) in years and years. 

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Focus Home acquires Metal Slug Tactics developer Leikir Studio

 

French publisher Focus Home Interactive has acquired Metal Slug Tactics developer Leikir Studio for an undisclosed fee.

Based in Paris, Leikir Studio will become the fifth development studio under the Focus umbrella and will continue working on Metal Slug Tactics, which is slated to release this year.

Focus Home subsidiary Dotemu, purchased by the company for $45.5 million last year, will be responsible for publishing the game.

Commenting on the deal, Focus president Aurelin Loos said the move validates the company's "multi-production strategy."

The news comes less than a year after Focus raised €70 million to accelerate development and finance acquisitions.

 

https://www.gamedeveloper.com/business/focus-home-acquires-metal-slug-tactics-developer-leikir-studio

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Interestingly, Atsushi Inaba, president and CEO of Platinum has been speaking about how Platinum are open to a buyout offer. I'm not sure how this would square with their recent investment from Tencent, but I think of all the major players in the gaming space, nobody would benefit from their addition as much as Nintendo and they would IMO, do well to make their play before somebody else does!

 

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Speaking to VGC following his recent promotion to president and CEO, Atsushi Inaba was asked about recent consolidation in the games industry, most significantly marked by Microsoft’s $70bn buyout of Activision Blizzard, and if Platinum would be open to offers.

 

Inaba responded by saying he’d be open to any possibility, as long as Platinum was afforded the kind of independence he expects Microsoft to offer Activisiononce its deal is completed.

 

“The most important thing for us is to have the freedom to make the games that we want to make,” he said. “What I hear about the recent acquisitions, I don’t think Microsoft is going to start micromanaging Activision to where they take away all their freedom… I don’t think it’s going to be a relationship like that.

 

“I think there’s going to be a lot of mutual respect there and I think Activision will be able to continue doing what they do best. That’s also what’s most important to us at the end of the day, whatever form that takes for us and our company. So I would not turn anything down, as long as our freedom was still respected.”

 

https://www.videogameschronicle.com/news/platinums-ceo-says-he-wouldnt-dismiss-acquisition-offers-as-long-as-our-freedom-is-respected/

 

 

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I’d think Nintendo would be a bad fit considering how strict they usually seem to be. This sounds more like a call to Microsoft to let them do their thing for Xbox without disrupting the Japanese side of things (as with Scalebound) or possibly Sony to give them a Bungie-break. 
 

I can only see Microsoft being interested though. What with Sony eliminating Japan Studio and Platinum not having tech or IP they “need”. For Nintendo it would seemingly need to fit a specific plan like with Monolith (BotW support) and Next Level. I’m not sure Platinum would fit that spot with what they themselves propose. 
 

Who knows though. In terms of IP I’d certainly want them to join Nintendo. 

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Krafton acquires 5minlab

 

Today PUBG: Battlegrounds owner, Krafton announced that it has purchased game developer 5minlab.

The South Korea-based studio's shares were acquired for an earn-out payment in the amount of $20 million. Krafton said that with the purchase it intends to expand its mobile business operations.

5minlabs was founded in 2013 and has go on to develop titles such as Smash Legends, Como in Adventure, and Brickscape.

 

https://www.gamesindustry.biz/articles/2022-02-14-krafton-acquires-5minlab

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