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Guillemot talks EA acquisition rumours

Ubisoft president Yves Guillemot has told GamesIndustry.biz that the company currently has three options regarding whether or not it remains independent.

When asked what the probability of an EA takeover is at present, Guillemot replied, "I don't know. I think we are in a creative business so it will certainly need to be done with our collaboration, but it's a question I can't answer."

He went on to observe that there are three choices for Ubisoft at present, stating, "The first option, and the one we prefer, is to remain independent and execute on our plan to double our turnaround and triple our profit in the next four years.

"The second is to work within an entertainment group, so we could be the videogame part of an entertainment company, and the third is to merge with other publishers to create a bigger group within the industry."

Guillemot confirmed that Ubisoft executives "speak regularly with lots of people" about possible deals, but declined to offer any specific comment about current negotiations.

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Grown Folks Talk4057d ago

do not join with ea. unless of course you want to begin to put out titles with no advancement, same ol same ol, or with features that were done 8 years ago on the dreamcast and act like they are innovative. if not for the popularity of ncaa football and fight night, and the fact that people actually still think madden is a good game, ea would be null and void. don't do it ubi. madden, downhill. nba live, downhill. march madness, downhill. they continue to get worse every year, and they will try to do the same to you. i know i don't want ea to have anything to do with splinter cell and ghost recon. PLEASE!!!

THWIP4057d ago

...if EA acquired Ubisoft. You only need to see the mediocrity that they've produced with other exclusive franchises, to realize how bad it would be for gaming if this happened. Pretty much every sports title (FNR3 is awesome), ALL of their comic-book related titles, and cross-platform ports that could've been MUCH better as Next-gen exclusives (The Godfather, namely) prove that EA is more about $$ and less about quality games.

shotty4057d ago (Edited 4057d ago )

I hope Microsoft Game Studios aquires then instead of EA. The bad part of that is no more UBI games for Nintendo or Sony but it will be 1 massive move for microsoft. I know Microsoft has the cash for it, the exec just have to see if it's possible.
As of right now sony studios is about the same size as microsoft game studios and nintendo studios put together. A microsoft buyout of ubisoft would surely make microsoft the big gun in the industry, maybe even pissing off EA. Think about it have exclusive rights to GRAW, Splinter Cell, Rainbow Six, Far Cry, Assassin's would be huge.

THWIP4057d ago

...but still not apt to happen. Although, the SC5 exclusivity is a big + for MS in that department. And, GRAW, King Kong, Far Cry have all done very well on MS platforms for Ubi.

Nodoze4057d ago

If Microsoft were to buy Ubi it would be a master stroke for them. The Ubisoft catalog reads like a whats what in gaming. Prince of Persia, Rainbow, Ghost Recon, Rayman, Assasins Creed etc etc etc.

Screw EA. The more I play EA games, the more I hate them. EA should hurry up and die. Every studio swallowed up by them experiences talent drain like there is no tomorrow.

MS BUY UBI.... it is 10 fold better investment when compared to Rare!!

THWIP4057d ago

it's also a 10 fold BIGGER investment, at the least. Ubi isn't some small dev team, with only a few titles under it's belt, and most of it's talent defected. Ubi is a mult-billion $$ developer AND PUBLISHER with a deep gaming history, and many money-making franchises in it's stable. EA attempted a hostile takeover, by acquiring a good chunk of the France-based operation's stock; if that had never happened, we wouldn't be having this conversation.

super bill4057d ago

i agree with all of you.but the best way to make ea think is to stop buying there games.like i have.