Gameplayer has identified some movements in the share market which would suggest that a hostile takeover of Take-Two is already underway.
Imagine EA logo on GTA V or the next GTA box. How disgusting is that ?
I little piece of my soul died courtesy of that mental image. Thanks a *lot*.
Dear God...I hope this isn't true. If so, I fear for the industry. This would be very, very bad for gaming. For starters, kiss 2K Sports goodbye. And it would only get worse from there.
is their any petition to encourage take 2 not to become a part of EA?
lmao if you think a petition would stop a company from taking another over....your sadly mistaken...get outa your dream game world this is the real deal.....with real money and no one cares about petitions or lil people debating when billions are invovled
OOG funk you know not the petitioning power of the sony-fan. They can assemble a petition in the equal coordination and precision of a preemptive Airforce airstrike.
Petitions are nothing but false hope, ESPECIALLY in the gaming world.
People always complain about a 1 console future... Well, you won't have to worry about that **** if 1 company buys all the major talent. The quality will drop regardless. It doesn't help that EA makes the worst damn games on the planet. Their graphics engines are dated and their animations and physics are just appalling. EA is offensive to say the least. I won't buy anything by EA and gaming is about as dead as Wrestling, folks. It might be good right now... you all might be happy to be in it, but by 2010 to 2012... Gaming will be so far away from the concept and games will be so deluded because of EA take overs and Microsoft taker overs it won't even mater no more. Why do you think Sony opted for Blu-ray in the 1st place? They knew gaming was in the decline it is right now. Sony wanted something to fall back on when the gaming biz's ass drops out on them. & it's going to. EA learned well from Microsoft... take over, take over, take over... enjoy your garbage, gamers.
your comments are so biased its sick.... Yes EA taking over their competition is bad and sucks cuz it takes away creativity..... Duno where MS comes into this because.....last time I checked they havnt gone with a hostile takeover for a game company...they have come and gone with cold hard cash....and the possible aquistion of yahoo is just business and makes sense if you look at it and doesnt have anything to do with video games..... And pffft please sony introduced bluray because gaming was on the decline....are you foolish??? Like really????? How biased can you be???? Everyone knows the one of the only reasons sony introduced BlueRay is to take over the video format and make a lot of money in the process....and with them having over 100 million ps2s sold they knew their ps3 could help drive this new format...which by example it has done....so dont give us your biased crap about how sony is this saint company........in the end its all business and Money is what makes all companies worlds go round * O yea fyi gaming has never been as strong as it is now hence why money is being tossed around so your stupid comment about how sony is basically planning for the gaming biz to have this so called "fallout" is prob the most moronic thing I have ever heard....considering it has been growing at astronomical rates over the past few years and doesnt show much signs of slowing down VVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVfor your comment down below.......... Not really a nerve lol all it is to me is games I like all the systems and whatever one has the fun games to play at the time is great for me.....Cant wait to play GTA, GOW3, MGS4, Smash bros etc etc......sorry not a sad fanboy like yourself.....I am just telling you like it is and not what your sad little mind likes to think is truth..... How about looking outside of the sad lil box you call your ps3 and weird sony love and realize there a tons of fun to be had on all consoles....>AND EVEN A PC........ enjoy your biased remarks
Want some novacaine for that nerve I struck?
So you're saying if GTA dies gaming dies? Get a grip. Disagrees make me laugh. Haha.
The way you somehow managed to make this Microsoft's fault is impressive. Incredibly depressing, I mean, not to mention pathetic and sad. But a little tiny bit impressive, too.
GOD DAMN IT NO!!!!!
but now they are going to take away every other 2K sports title as well? 2K basketball is one of my favorite sports titles. This is getting completely out of hand. No competition = cash in on as little effort as possible and cash in these scumbags (sorry but I am a lil frustrated) will. EA doesn't innovate they just buy the competition so we have no options.
oh hell yes this is awesome news..... FINALLY the cards are out on the table...... EA is buying shares in take 2, MS and their deal with EA, exclusive GTA games for 360 and mobile phones, new bioshock franchise and new RPG series too if this happens I will be dancing, YES!!!! nothing will break up the monopoly better in europe this time, oh man the tide is turning in europe sony land is going to get smaller...... GTA: CHRONICLES FTW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I hope people will stop buying EA's game and let them die.
EA is becoming the ___________ of the video game industry...
Butt Crack. They make crap for a living and they...love to...show their vertical smiles...
Communism or Hitler, pick your poison
Hmm...I can do this...wait what's that company that bought Origin and Westwood studios back in the 90's and drove their successful franchies into the ground before eventually closing down both? Oh, right! EA! EA is becoming the EA of the video game industry!
and you can quote me on this if EA buys out take two "will never buy a GTA game coming from EA ever and in fact any EA game" this is starting to worry me i may just give up on gaming as a whole it used to be small developers putting their heart and soul into a game sure they wanted money but they also loved games too and liked playing them, now its just mergers and trying to get deals to control sports gaming, whats next genre licensing? you want to play an rpg get activision they have the rights to all rpg's you want a action adventure well so and so company has the rights to that what is gaming coming to? i think it will turn into the movie industry? i didnt realize that the more popular and exposure gaming got the more it would turn into hollywood in terms of companies and the impossibility for smaller devs to make it, i think this is partly due to microsoft and how they changed the gaming scene buy pouring money instead of actual R&D into gaming, but the major problem right now seems to be EA their business practices are questionable at best and they have been deteriorating the gaming scene and to put it bluntly FUKING up gaming for awhile and i also partly blame the dumba$$es in the NFL for making that stupid licensing thing and giving so much power and money to EA. It seems EA want to corner the sports games market with a monolopy. @Green Envy your a twit and a moronic fanboy at best, but you are not a gamer in any way and if you call yourself one then you are living in a delusional world. Only a person like you could see the upside in EA ruining a company
"i think this is partly due to microsoft and how they changed the gaming scene buy pouring money instead of actual R&D into gaming, but the major problem right now seems to be EA their business practices are questionable at best and they have been deteriorating the gaming scene and to put it bluntly FUKING up gaming for awhile" Hah you are just a blatant fanboy!!!! You would be cheering in the streets if Sony was buying out Take 2, and you know it, if the shoes were reversed and would cheer everything became exclusive!!! That everyone else got little scraps!!!!! This is all it is, its merely business!!! Microsoft has been far better for the industry than Sony in the end, because Sony just wants the commodity so they can make as much money as possible!!! Microsoft wants it, every company wants it!! But guess what? Microsoft and the biggest publishers like Activision, actually care about games and put real effort into making gaming better too!!!! The new XNA wave of user created content, all the features of their new service, Activision's awesome try it before you buy it idea!!! Sony does the opposite, they throw out huge amounts of cash to buy "EXCLUSIVE" games and keep them away from the competition because they want the BLURAY format to take over everything!!!! That's what they are after, DOMINATION!!!!!! Not domination of gaming silly kid, domination of the FORMAT gaming will use and that music will use!!!!!!!! Every single thing you told so negatively about Microsoft, EA or Activision, actually applies to SONY!!!!! Maybe its time you look in the mirror son! The one who has been dominating the "gaming industry" for 10+ years is SONY, it is their empire where the only thing they want is one thing to have control of the media market and the MEDIA you play things on!!!! I could care less buddy if every company wants to take over the living room!!!! SONY is the only company to date, especially in their business practice, that wants to CONTROL all the formats and a SONY monopoly is a devastating thing for games or media period!!!!!!!!!!! They are only doing what comes natural, STOPPING the Sony monopoly and making this a real competition where all developers can choose whatever format they like!!!!! XNA, Digital Tools by Activision and SimWare are all great for this!!! The doors have been swung open for independent developers to launch games from anywhere, make money, HAVE FUN doing it and NEVER have to choose one format!!!! This is great news and you are spewing nothing but biased BS, GTA and so on will get better!!!! This is better and it always changes, stop thinking someone else had your best interest!!!! Nobody at SONY or any of these companies care about anything else but domination, but the others don't want only ONE type of disc!!!
I can safely say as someone who lived through that era where Sony successfully cornered the walkman market, and got another walkman maker to completely pull out and then going bankrupt that Sony is the last company who needs to have a monopoly. In the content side, the other products were much better than Sony's but they used underhanded buyout maneuvers to make the product become obsolete. When this went on for a while, the quality of CD players and walkmans due to Sony severely dropped. EA should not have a monopoly either but I'd feel much better if EA or someone had an ogliopoly than someone like Sony that's fore sure. Sony can not be trusted and the days of the playstation 1 saw a whole lot of crappy games released everywhere, when in those days Sony did actually have a monopoly on the market. Microsoft or someone like Google or even Apple is a little better. I wouldn't mind it if Ubisoft had a monopoly for one thing. I would certainly trust a Microsoft or Blizzard monopoly alot more than one by Sony or EA. Because then I at least know, alot of new fresh ideas will come out and they won't just send out games to sell them. Blizzard sells the most big bucks with World of Warcraft already dominating, so it wouldn't be a bad thing. I mean realistically there is very little good in a monopoly no matter the country, but in some cases it does lead to more creativity. It was good for Nintendo in the hand-held business for some reason. Just in general, I don't want to see it. I don't want to see one universal format for everything owned by Sony, I just don't and will strongly support the others.
Ah I guess all we could hope is that their sports studios could werk together and form a great game...doubt it tho :(
I hope this isn't true i refuse to buy the POS that is NBA live,or any other EA sports game
would this mean for bioshock 2 if indeed this is true?. GTA is already multi-plat.
It was never a matter of if this would happen but when. It's all about money. People WILL buy GTA if it is released year after year. Quality issues or not. This is the price gaming pays for bringing more people into the fold. This is why there are so many lousy movies in the summer.
No more exclusive content for Xbox 360, it's comming to PS3 too. Yay!
i would rather the company were left alone
is an puzzle IMO. Why is it they make crappy games and yet they earn the most money than any other developer?. I only buy about 5 EA games max a generation. Mostly just FIFA and Knock out Kings/Final night. Is it possible that they are making money by cutting corners?. With them buying up alot of devs and them talking about a 1 console future. Its not looking good.
Well, check out these numbers. We all know that VGChartz isn't perfectly accurate, but for the sake of this argument, it will do: Sales of NBA Live 2006, 2007, and 2008 on Xbox 360: http://vgchartz.com/games/g... http://vgchartz.com/games/g... http://vgchartz.com/games/g... Now, compare them to the sales of NBA 2K6, 2K7, and 2K8 for 360: http://vgchartz.com/games/g... http://vgchartz.com/games/g... http://vgchartz.com/games/g... I used 360 because it's the only new-gen system that has seen all three releases since the new-gen began. I think the primary reason for this takeover/buyout attempt (whatever you want to call it) is to match Activision's surge to number one. The secondary reason would be the elimination of their main competition in the sports gaming world; a genre that is EA's bread and butter. After NFL 2K5 gave them their first serious competition in a while, what was EA's response? Improving their product? Answering their critics? No, they simply bought out the NFL license, eliminating 2K football in one fell swoop. What's next? Attempting to buy Sony so that there's no more NBA 08, or MLB: The Show? Or will they simply snatch up those licenses, too? Nothing good can come from EA buying Take-Two.
your are absolutely right. if you can't beat em, buy em.
EA has Park Place (NFL) all they need is Boardwalk (Take-Two)
Sure something good can come from EA buying Take-Two! Ooooh, wait, you meant good for the REST OF US, not for EA's corporate leadership. My mistake.
Not like you need anymore, but bubbles for you. Cause you are absolutely right and that’s what I’ve been saying all along.
"Gameplayer has identified some movements which may indicate EA's acquisition of Take Two has already begun. For instance, Take Two just announced Grand Theft Auto 2009-2015, due out for the PSP, DS, Wii, PS2, 360, and PS3. Also announced, a cell-phone-based Bioshock prequel and a new feature in Madden 2008 where the quarterback can shoot bees from his hand and a 'Big Daddy' is a hidden character. Also, four cloaked horsemen have appeared flying on horseback in the night sky. More on this as it develops." On a side note, I would totally play Madden if the QB could use Plasmids. Who's with me?!
GTA 2011: Minneapolis
EA's philosophy on Grand Theft Auto games? There's thousands of cities in the US, and God damnit, you NEED to be able to steal cars in a virtual version of EVERY SINGLE ONE.
...I would imagine that there would be a gamer-led boycott against EA of epic proportions. I don't think it can be stressed just HOW MUCH gamers don't like EA, and it's moves like this that generate this anti-EA attitude.
Unfortunately, that's not true. EA has been doing this for over a decade and there hasn't been any successful boycott. The problem is, they buy games people WANT, so it's really hard to boycott them. As much as I hate EA, I love Bioware just a little bit more...so I can't boycott Bioware. The tragic irony of it all.
...but really, this has become only a more recent trend. The effects of EA's purchase on Maxis has been minimal since, it seems, EA knows to leave Maxis well enough alone. However, over time they have dissolved every other studio they have purchased, from Origin to Westwood to Bullfrog. I love BioWare. Mass Effect was my personal GotY. But odds are that both BioWare and Pandemic are on borrowed time now.
Not sure if you saw the link at the bottom of this article but it goes to a list of game engines that are powering the next-gen. It totally looks like EA are just going around and buying up every solid alternative to Unreal Engine 3
This is going to happen. The Borg AKA EA will also assimilate Ubisoft into the collective. Sony, Activision and Microsoft are the only ones who could stop this.
At least will get a GTA every year for every city and the ability to buy new weapons and cars for a high dollar, in my book thats a thumbs up! (Ends Sarcasm)
This is horrible, there goes hoping for the next GTA game to be exclusive to PS3 down the drain. now the GTA franchesise will be ruined by making the game around the lowest common denominator system. i swear if EA keeps doing this (buying out companies) they will eventually screw over ps3 owner with there crappy ports and multiplatform games. luckily we will still have our third party and first party making games that are truely designed for the ps3. We must unite all sony fanyboys and stop this horrific EA Crusade at all costs even if it mean boycotting them. BAHAHAHAHA END OF RANT p.s GIVE ME BUBBLES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
well the question becomes, if EA takes over Take-two how long will it take for MS and EA to join forces and make a console together? We all know they are sleeping with each other, how long will it take?
I dont get why the NFL let EA monopolize the footall games industry.Why do they need EA's money,the make enough money doing what they do,so why make a deal with EA for exclusive rights? they must not know that madden has SUCKED for years.If 2k made a football it would have so much more features than madden it wouldnt even be funny. Is just bs how companys dont see that EA is trying to ruin the gaming market,and no one can do anything about it.
Yeah right. Did you notice the NFL network keeping the Green Bay/Dallas game to itself to get people to buy the network. They ALMOST had the first meeting between NY/NE but gave that away. Lesson one in capitalism: There is no such thing as enough money.
GTA4 is going to be last good game of GTA Branch.
If that happens then welcome back EA as the biggest ass in the console industry taking it back from Activition.
EA can actually make great games tbh and I don't really buy sports games anymore, so this does not matter that much to me.
soon all games in the world will be franchises and we'll be forced to que up every year for the next update like robots because of advertising chips that ea have installed in peoples brains thanks ea thanks alot
Ugh. That's what we get for making gaming popular. Eventually it'll be ruined just like music, movies, and telivision were. Yippy.
take2 are one of the best publishers. EA are the worst. Take2 bring out decent games people actually want to play. Games like Grand Theft Auto series and Bioshock. What have EA ever done? The same old crap year after year like Fifa and countless Sims expansions. I have a large games collection and only one EA game. That just shows how crap they are. If EA have taken over Take 2 then it will destroy the games industry because there will no longer be a decent amount of good games getting released. EA just haven't got a creative streak in their whole company. You can guarantee that bioware will not exist for long and Rockstar games will disappear just so EA can concetrate on bringing out more crappy sims games.
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