Mergers and acquisitions appear to be fairly common in the industry at the moment. Microsoft purchased ZeniMax. Following this, Activision was purchased. Bungie was quickly purchased by Sony. Square Enix sold studios to Embracer. Even in recent months, EA has added studios like Codemasters. Please keep in mind that the Bungie and Activision deals are still in the works. However, there is a chance that there will be more.
Surprisingly, the next name on the list if a merger or takeover occurs is not Ubisoft, From Software, or Konami. All of these names have been linked to Sony or Microsoft. This time, it appears that EA is indeed available. Despite four studio purchases last year, two of which are likely to be for mobile releases.
This is according to a Puck report. They claim EA attempted to merge with several companies. Names included most recently are NBCUniversal, but according to Puck, they have had discussions with Disney, Apple, and Amazon. Puck’s report was also covered by Kotaku.
In recent years, as media companies have taken greater interest in the rapidly growing gaming industry, Wilson and Electronic Arts have held talks with a number of different potential suitors, including Disney, Apple and Amazon, sources with knowledge of those talks told me,
According to the report Dylan Beyers stated.
Several sources familiar with these talks say EA has been persistent in pursuing a sale, and has only grown more emboldened in the wake of the Microsoft-Activision deal. Others say that EA is primarily interested in a merger arrangement that would allow Wilson to remain as chief executive of the combined company.”
It also appears that NBCUniversal was the site of the most extensive discussions. This transaction appears to have failed solely due to a lack of price agreement. According to the report, Comcast CEO Brian Roberts agreed to a setup. “Spinoff the entertainment conglomerate into a separate entity with EA,” he said. One option would be to put Andrew Wilson in charge. The question is where the future will lead, given the dramatic changes in the last few years.