Ubisoft has been rumored to follow the likes of Activision and Bethesda in the form of being bought out. Recently, Microsoft has been in the news with their attempt at buying Activision Blizzard, in addition to Take-Two Interactive buying Zynga. Even Sony has joined in as of late as they are now the owners of Bungie in a $3.6 Billion dollar sale. Shareholders posed this to the company’s executives who have just had their third-quarter earnings call.
During this call CEO, Yves Guillemot provided an interesting stance. He felt they can remain independent but would review any offer made.
Ubisoft can remain independent…our IPs are sought after by the biggest global players in entertainment and tech. Having said that, if there were an offer to buy us, the board of directors would of course review it in the interest of all stakeholders.Yves Guillemot states the company view on any buyout proposals
We have only rumors and speculation about any Microsoft purchase. However, thanks to the subscription service heading to Xbox it could put Microsoft in a position to purchase Ubisoft if the Activision/Blizard deal falls through as it’s beginning to have more regulatory eyes on it as of late. The full report from IGN who broke the news can be downloaded as a PDF from here.
It’s also worth noting only a few years ago, Vivendi tried to purchase Ubisoft. This was back in 2018 and Vivendi agreed they wouldn’t purchase any more shares for five years. This period would come to an end next year. So why the change of heart over a potential takeover is an interesting point indeed.
What would be your take on this? Would you welcome franchises like Splinter Cell and Ghost Recon to the Microsoft family?