"You may have heard that Sega is laying off 300 employees, a move that usually signals dark times. I think it’s time Sony steps in and buys Sega. And hey, if that happens, maybe these (hypothetically) cool games can happen too." -PSLS
I'd pay so much damn money for Shenmue 3 and Skies of Arcadia 2.
Why do people think buying companies is easy? Sony is not Google, it is in no way financially powerful enough to buy an entire corporation that's been around for decades. Hell, even the Minecraft purchase by Microsoft was a huge deal, and that's one game. Companies aren't something you can just "buy" like toilet paper. If you purchase them then you're in charge of restructuring and turning their profits around. Like hell Sony would go through that much trouble for a company whose games don't even sell that much.
First off, Sony can buy Sega with no problem. Sega's value is pretty low, as for games. You do know Sony then can get Sega to come out with Shenmue 3 and that would sale like crazy. Sega has big name games/charaters, but the ruin them with bad games.
Sorry Omega...it's just not that easy. It's understandable to think it is but it isn't. You are talking about absorbing any debt that company might have as part of the buyout process. And that includes any additional financial responsibilities to the employees including benefits and pension. It may just be easier to throw $$ at them to secure the rights to a game or co-develop but to buy a company outright.... And where is your "secondly"? You can't have a "first off" without having any additional points laid out. Or was that just to sound intellectual? As for companies with enough liquid assets to purchase Sega... EA would probably top that list followed by MS, Activision and then Nintendo. MS just made a huge purchase of Minecraft and all its properties so they 'could' be able to buy Sega but not likely as they would probably like to recoup some of that $$ they just spent. Activision has generated so much revenue from its COD series that it also could buy Sega but there is too much diversity in Sega's IP's to let Activision really take advantage of unless they want to revive the Jest Set Radio in place of Tony hawk and maybe outtrigger or Alien Front online to add into their FPS stable. nintendo would likely benefit from the Mario & Sonic crossovers in the future but Sonic being limited only to nintendo platforms would get stale really fast (faster than sonic himself). I can still see some deals for exclusives in the future though as there is still an appeal for Sonic from a younger crowd (despite sonic boom). So that leaves EA. A company with the $$ and the resources and the desire to restore faith in Sega's IP's. Especially when EA's main competition seems to be Activision (in the FPS side). EA could benefit from the long history of Sega racing games as well as their platformers much more than the other companies.
I can see Sega being bought out by Apple or Google. And put a shame on all their beautiful. candy Crush Shenmue anyone? SMH.. @Shonen Made a good point MS was in in talks and process of acquiring Minecraft for roughly 5 years now. Lol 5 years for one game. A huge game but a single game nonetheless. If Sony acquired SEGA it wouldn't matter until Sony OFICIALLY starts announcing SEGA Ip's they want back and release date. Sorry but the arthur is delusional. I can't see Sony, MS or Nintendo touching SEGA any time soon.
I don't see Sega being bought by any company. They come with a lot baggage, they have their non video games devisions and most of their talent and studios vanished ages ago. Not many if their games sell that well and while I would love Shenmue 3 we do need to be realistic, the target group isn't huge and the sales wouldn't be very high. The most likely case of any company acquiring their IPs is if they go bankrupt and Sega is sold piece by piece like THQ.
I think everyone just needs to chill out. Sega is not its own company. It is a subsidiary of another holding company Sega Sammy. That company is profitable. And its games Division isnt far from being profitable either. Now they would have to be willing to unload the Sega division, which their not. The 300 employees cut is to make it profitable. That is only a small % of the 2000 at Sega. Much less of Sammmy's overall 7,000 So lets stop acting like its a firesale. Sega Sammy has 6 billion in assets. Sony cant afford to buy a company that isnt extremely profitable. They cant choose it. And I doubt they would be able to by Sammy as a whole. HIGHLY DOUBT. Secondly, as far as games go, this notion that if you buy a company all of a sudden there games magically code themselves onto your platforms is nuts. That would be an investment of a lot of money with little guarantee of a profit. Sony cant do that either right now. So stop with your pipe dreams. Sega isnt for sale by its owner, and Sony isnt Looking either. I like Shenmue as much as the next guy but you guys are far from realistic right now
its typically a really hard sell to sell your dying company to another company. most companies would do the smart thing and wait for the company to die, hire the talent and IPs they want, and let the rest fade into obscurity.
As soon as I saw the title your comment is exactly what I thought. It's 100% true, what made me laugh even harder was the 20 simpleton disagrees you got. Kids nowadays think games are born, not made. They have no appreciation for the hard work that goes into a video game, let alone the complex undertaking that is a major acquisition. Bubbles for intelligence.
sony buying sega would be like disney buying lucasfilms. BRING BACK SHENMUE
sega isn't just sega. its sega sammy holdings CO. it would be quite expensive to buy. now if sony had purchased atlus a while back instead of sega, that may have been a better decision
Sony was able to financially save Squaresoft in the past by becoming a major shareholder for the company. They don't have to make Sega exclusively their private property or take over the company, but they can offer SOMETHING to assist them.
IF anyone is going to buy Sega. Its gonna be Nintendo or Microsoft. Sony just doesn't have the money to afford a company that doesn't make much profit.
Sony can't afford to buy Sega even in it's current state. Sony is not Apple, Google or MS when it comes to money. Sony just can't go out and buy anything they want when they're are nearly broke themselves.
Actually, it will probably come to pass that either they A) Just close up and sell off all assets etc. or B) FIle for bankruptcy protection. Then they can do what tons of other companies do. Re-open later and start again.
All Valkyria Chronicles games on consoles would be nice. Best PS3 game in my opinion. They really should make a new one. Sony just laid off almost 4000 people. They are pumping a lot money into capcom at the moment too. Doubt they can really afford to chance it. Sega would be fine if they would stop making junk, like Sonic Boom. Microsoft might be a better fit for Sega anyway. Shenmue 2 was only on Xbox in the US. Would give them a few japanese properties.
Would be cool, buuuuut not gonna happen imo. Although with gaming emerging as Sony' most lucrative section of business, perhaps theyd put some consideration into making a move like this.
Idea: * Sega Scales back, Nintendo buys a few IP's, Sony buys a few IP's, & everyone wins. * Sega stays alive, they become more managable, their IP's can get new life on new consoles, and both Nintendo & Sony fans can enjoy Sega titles. * I wonder about their PC IP's though like Total War. Not even sure if this is possible though...just an idea.
I almost read this title as ''Sony buys Sega''.
Honestly I really don't care who buys Sega, as long as they make Shenmue 3 true to its roots
No Nintendo should buy sega! They need the help and they can finally team up and take down the new upstarts Microsoft and Sony.
I haven't really kept up with the news about Sega and Nintendo but for some reason I remember reading from a game magazine (around 2010 or before) that Sega went bankrupt and Nintendo already bought them out ? Could have been just speculation at the time but if its was not true... They should do it now, Sega as first party company could be a very powerful weapon.
If Sony bought SEGA that would just be weird.. Sonic only on playstation.. Nintendo would freak as a 1/3 of its catalogue right now has SEGA stamped on it either producing the games or through characters. That would be another nail in the WiiUs coffin. Sony could finally get its own decent smash game with SEGAs back catalogue of characters and its own. Not to mention the next smash game will lose a bit of its roster as it has a few SEGA characters. But I say bring back Crazy Taxi and make it glorious again.
@knifefight: In an age of microtransactions and DLC, you *REALLY* need to be careful what you wish for...
The reviewer is fanboy idiot. Sony itself is in dire need of funds, so buying a Sega is not in the cards right now. People think this is play money. It's not like buying a damn car. These companies better be profitable with a 3 year stretch. It's cheaper to buy the IP than the studio, but Sega has already stated they will NEVER sell the Shenmue IP
Damn for a second I thought that Sony did have actually bought Sega... I was like, best move ever!!!!
The problem is SEGA doesn't want to sell. If they had, Microsoft would have bought them a long time ago. SEGA had made several exclusive titles for the original XBox including a Shenmue game. If M$ can pay a billion for Minecraft, they could easily buy SEGA. The Shenmue games were good, but they were never huge selling games. More of a niche market type game. If SEGA could do the complete trilogy for PS4/XB1 I'm sure that would sell in high numbers. A lot of people never got to play the first 2 games.
I need Skies of Arcadia 2 I'll take Vectorman Comix Zone Ristar too
I'd punch a small child in the face if it meant Vectorman makes a comeback. ;P
I would take that sacrifice lol
Yeah, I was just about to say that, why am I excited about Vectorman in the new Gen? And a game like Comix Zone, non-typical type games from the Sega Genesis/Saturn era.
I owned a Saturn and loved it. All the imports were the best especially the 2d shooters.
"It's clear at this point that Sony hates the Vita. I see a new Crazy Taxi as just the kind of garbage Sony would be willing to allow someone else to put on the system." I have no clue how to read this comment. Either it's genuine, and you think Crazy Taxi is trash, or you're trying reverse psychology and actually think Sony loves Vita?
i can think of a better company to buy then sega and that will be capcom just think monster hunter u have resident evil and u have lost planet then street fighter.. capcom has more franchise then sega
Capcome? Lol no. Capcom are having hard time funding their own games as is. They're leaning on Sony for Street Fighter and the F2P MMO Dragon's Dogma. Financially they're doing a little better than SEGA but there not doing that much better.
It's a race then... Who goes first, Capcom or Sega? /s Seriously though, both companies are in rough positions and oddly enough both make popular arcade games and are pretty cemented into the arcade market. Home consoles have taken away the arcade market of the 80's but arcades still exist and have demand for titles from Sega and Capcom. It would be a sad day to see either company go under.
if sony were to buy capcom they'd have a reason to make another handheld and sony doesn't want that to happen
If Sony bought Sega and took over its ips that would be so dope! I cant fathom what new life they could bring into those games! with Sony developing or co developing.
Nintendo would be a better fit for Sega.
Sonic Boom. Still think that?
Sega made Sonic Boom, what does that have to do with Nintendo? Nintendo are the kings of making great games around mascots. And Sega is filled to the top with mascots. I can see a good Sonic/Mario cross over and not just in Olympic games. Nintendo also make a lot of great colorful games that emphasis challenge and arcade fun for kids and adults of all ages. Not bloody murder and extreme super adult themes like Sony. Nintendo and Sega are the kings of making Blue Skies in Games. And that is why Nintendo would be the best fit and better candidate to buy Sega, not Sony.
31 disagrees? People here sure don't like Nintendo.
I wouldn't mind if Nintendo bought SEGA, someone needs to save this company. As you can tell by my name, i am a huge fan of SEGA and it's sad to see them in the state they are in. The gaming world without SEGA......it's unthinkable. My gaming life started with SEGA, the very first game i remember playing was Alex Kidd that was built into my Master System. SEGA is getting left behind by all the other game companies, a lot of new gamers don't even know who they are. We need someone to save them before it's too late.
I would rather have Nintendo buy sega. It just makes sense. Not having Sonic in smash bros would suck.
While I like using sonic in the game, he's a terrible character. I always lose with him. He has no worthy heavy hitting moves. Just small ticks. Ussually with sonic my enemy is at 200% before I finally smash them
I was thinking that that'd make a lot of sense too. SEGA already has quite a lot of presence on Nintendo consoles (hence the layoffs, I bet!) and Nintendo has a pretty big cash reserve. It would be awful for the game industry, though. If Nintendo is gonna have exclusive software, I'd appreciate if they put some effort into hardware.
Why would they buy sega? we not talking about EA here from business perspective .. they have nothing to offer.
They will be rather cheap in todays market as Sonic is at an all time low and there back catalogue holds little water as its had no recent hits.
I don't see sega that good there games not that good, they was ok when they was not anything other to play, but No must buy games, maybe sonic is the biggest,..but good enough games for Sony or MS to buy them!!!! NO not at all,
Nothing would make me happier than Sony owning Sega Or atleast buying all their IPs
They don't need to own SEGA or their IPs to gain exclusives. Look at Bayonetta 2. The future of Shenmue on PS4 has been strongly rumoured, hinted at by executives, and had a case going for it for a good 2 years now. Not to mention Verendus has leaked as rumours that SEGA will be developing a PlayStation exclusive which should be announced this year: http://www.neogaf.com/forum... It would not surprise me if at least a HD remaster collection gets announced for PlayStation platforms after all the recogniton and responses Sony has given to the #SaveShenmue campaign.
#SaveShenmue p.s. I still want them to buy Sega even tho u made good points
Sonic on PS4 would deifently make me happy! But he just feels better on Nintendo consoles... My favorties were Sonic generations, Sonic AB2, Sonic Hereos, Sonic Allstar racing transformed, You can hate me for this one but.. Sonic 06 as well.
Not gonna happen. Sony buys talent, not IPs. However I can see Microsoft buying Sega and run them to the ground just like Rare.
Yeah cause I'm sure zipper is pumping out those ga....... Oh right Sony closed them. Maybe big big studio pushing out gam........oh yeah they closed too. Rare being run into and still making games.
lol how many good games did rare make? Compared to Sony WWS, MS is nowhere closed. Oh wait, ND > all those MS studios alone.
Sony let Zipper do whatever they wanted to do and Zipper sunk themselves.
Wow congrats for naming two companies that were never big. Rare was god back in the day now you could hardly call what they make games
@meta Rare have made many good games back in the day. Donkey Kong Country Killer Instinct Golden Eye 007 Banjo and kazooie Conker Jet Force Gemini And many many more. Even Viva Pinata was good. But they have a lot of great games under their belt.
@garrett: I was referring to Rare after MS's acquisition.
did you really just compare Rare to Zipper and BigBig? We're you even gaming when Rare was in their prime? Obviously not because nobody would make a stupid comparison like that, besides you.
@ mrswanksinatra I've been gaming probably before you was scratching your fathers nuts to get out. So yes I'm old enough to know about rare. Question is do you other than fanboy tell you? First off- I didn't compare rare to anyone. Maybe you should read it again. My comment was if MS ran rare into the ground like you guys keep saying. Then why are they still making games and yet Sony closed down studios that didn't make them money. Not because zipper did what they wanted or because big big studios wasn't as big as rare. It's because Sony didn't make money on their project cause you fanboys didn't support it. Let keep it honest now shall we Second- why is it when you feel the need to bash ms on rare yet as soon as someone name zipper or other studios Sony has closed or destroyed you are met with BS excuses as to why it's the studios fault like Sony didn't have a hand in it. You know we are in a age where we have access to info. Prove to me zipper killed themselves off and not Sony doing as all businesses do when projects or studios don't make money.......they close them idiots. @ dantevfenris666 Your stupid if you thought rare was this god company. Not even in their Nintendo days they wasn't. Which was a reason why Nintendo let them go. But yeah MS should have let them put out flops or games that didn't sell well so when MS closes them as Sony has done with a few of there's you can turn around and blame MS for closing a studio that has a niche following or just plan garbage and sells like shit. Here's a question for you did you buy viva piñata? How about kameo? Banjo and kazooie? Perfect dark for 360? Matter fact you probably never own a 360 or xbox to play any of these games. Cause had many of you fake azz rare fan did maybe just maybe they wouldn't have been stuck making kinect games in stead of just closing them down as Sony also likes to do when their first party don't make them money. Not because they didn't listen to you fanboy and decided to make a game that Sony approved that bomded (MAG anyone) But it's funny how people forget or just young to remember that zipper make socom. But yeah those games sucks in comparison to B&K or viva piñata...... Yeah what was I thinking.
Normally your right Sony doesn't buy up big publishers like SEGA however if they are going cheap they may dip in and Sony have said they are really going for it this generation. So why not?
Oh Reginald!!!............I DISAGREE!!! ;)
I think its pretty clear that Sony has interest in Sega. One of the main reasons I can think of is that for years fans of the Yakuza franchise have been pleading with Sega to translate Yakuza 5 for the Western market with no success other that a passing comment such as "well we might look at it someday". Then the unexpected happened on Saturday December 6th 2014... Today is a very special and exciting day for all of us at SEGA. Partnering with our friends at Sony Computer Entertainment America, we just revealed our plan to bring Yakuza 5 to the U.S. and Europe at PlayStation Experience in Las Vegas. We also announced that Yakuza 4 and Yakuza: Dead Souls are available on PlayStation Network starting today. We’ve received so many requests from our fans to bring Yakuza 5 to the U.S. and Europe. Yakuza 5 also made the top of the list of Sony’s #BuidingTheList campaign led by Gio Corsi at Sony Computer Entertainment and we were moved by all the support given to Yakuza 5 by the PlayStation community. To me this shows that Sony have faith in Sega and I know that Sony will do right by the fans. If Sega are struggling then I hope Sony come in to save the day and Sega don't get taken to the slaughter by Microsoft (RIP Rare Ltd) If Sony do buy Sega then we are basically guaranteed the games that us fans want eg... Shenmue 3, Yakuza Ishin and Skies Of Arcadia 2 to name just a few.
New Valkyria Chronicles and Phantasy Star Online on PS4, and Sony won itself the generation.
Sony buy Sega? Buy a company whose track record for the last 5+ years for producing good to great games has been underwhelming at best? NO ... save your money and then cherry pick / buy IP rights once they go under.
I can't see anyone buying Sega. Atlus alone could keep Sega's boat afloat. Sega will have a huge year because of Yakuza Zero and Persona 5.
Sony isn't in a position to buy anyone else out. Reread Kaz's comments from earlier this month. Sony is looking at potentially selling whole divisions.