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Warner Bros. Games division isn't being sold yet, remains part of AT&T

According to a letter from WarnerMedia CEO Jason Kilar, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment is remaining for part of the Studios and Networks group. For now, it appears the division isn't being sold.

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phoenixwing42d ago (Edited 42d ago )

probably the best thing that could have happened. hopefully at&t doesn't cut their funding though for the games.

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TylerID41d ago

All those companies that wonted to buy it, would destroy it anyway.

blue8841d ago (Edited 41d ago )

[email protected] Especially Ea and Microsoft 😂.

L7CHAPEL41d ago

EA would.
obviously you've got an ax to grind with Microsoft (what a surprise)
the biggest problem they have is that most people go to buy or acquire studios, based on the IP.
so unless these guys have something undercover they're working on, or some individual projects that could really yield results, just picking up studios is acquiring their debt without any real assets to go with it.
nobody makes that deal that knows what they're doing.

Darkborn41d ago

@L7CHAPEL most real gamers do have an axe to grind with Microsoft. They made promises over and over and never did any of them. They should run for office as politicians at this point. What good games have actually come out of a studio owned by Microsoft this past gen?

Atticus_finch41d ago

At&t would be crazy to sell. I doubt they will.

L7CHAPEL41d ago

if they knew what they were doing they wouldn't be in the situation where It's being talked about.
I doubt they know how to run gaming studios, any more than they do their streaming service 4 TV.
I think it's just a question of them selling it before they destroy it, because it's not going to yield them results if they don't know what they're doing.
obviously they want to unload the studios because of their debt.

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Silly gameAr41d ago

I would say I'm upset about that, but I'm not. All of the companies bidding for the WB gaming division, where the WORST possible choices.

blue8841d ago

Yes thank god Imagining Ea or Microsoft buying wb games was a nightmare.

L7CHAPEL41d ago

yeah yeah w/ all the Microsoft hating, only studios they closed are ones that ran out of ideas, and couldn't deliver when they closed studios,yet everyone wants to claim that they were overseeing them like some sort of dictators, they weren't.
those studios were free to develop and come up with their own ideas.
but a lot of them, other than the main line property that they would work with, didn't. they got rid of lionhead because all of their creative leads and tech people left.
name one famous studio they shutterd, that was extremely successful and they just got rid of them?

everybody wants to look at Sony with rose colored glasses, again, they shuddered plenty of studios. what they did with socom developer, zipper interactive was very cut-throat.
you don't hear people talking about it though,
do you ?

TheEnigma31341d ago (Edited 41d ago )

MS has lost faith with gamers. Only hardcore fans look passed what they’ve been doing. They have to prove themselves. Stop being defensive like MS doesn’t have a Bad track record

morganfell41d ago (Edited 41d ago )

"MS would turn it into crap with GAAS. MS are ruining games."

This. They might call it something else and wave their hands but they are ramming their foot down on the pedal. They are going to do it with their flagship so they will have no compunction about following suit with a purchased property.

"MS has lost faith with gamers. Only hardcore fans look passed what they’ve been doing."

There are two ways to become number one in the gaming world. Serve gamers, give them what they want, and find yourself on top. Then there is the MS approach. Decide on a direction and twist every arm, throw money around to try and bend gamers to your direction. There are some people on this board that believe those two approaches are the same and offer gamers the same experience when they clearly do not. It is a simplistic viewpoint at best not to see the difference. Every time they try some arm twisting method they fail so they back up and try to run over gamers from a different direction.

If you look at the big three they are the most inconsistent company around. It is because all they are interested in is running the show. Every company does but the approach makes all the difference. When they can't rule in one direction they back up and try some completely new tack. None of those methods put the gamer front and center while offering them true and lasting value. Their latest GaaS approach is nothing more than drug dealing in an attempt to hook players into having to constantly pay for everything while owning nothing.

"How do we offer the gamers titles and experiences they value and want, that are a financial boon for our company" vs "How do we get gamers to constantly pay for our services"

RauLeCreuset41d ago

"name one famous studio they shutterd, that was extremely successful and they just got rid of them?"

What studios have they had that have been extremely successful?

"everybody wants to look at Sony with rose colored glasses, again, they shuddered plenty of studios. what they did with socom developer, zipper interactive was very cut-throat. you don't hear people talking about it though, do you ?"

That's not hard to understand. Their other studios continue to deliver. It's the difference between a star studded team losing some talent and still remaining in championship contention versus a team that has never won and often struggles to make the playoffs getting rid of talent. To repeat a point I just made in another article, PS3 had an exclusives problem when many big 3rd party franchises that were formerly exclusive went multiplat. By the end of THAT gen just one PS studio had introduced two big GOTY contending franchises in bringing Uncharted 1-3 and TLOU to PS3.

You're trying to force this false equivalency, but the truth you don't want to accept is that PS and Xbox aren't on the same level. PS and Xbox have fought three times. Xbox lost all three fights and had one close bout before being dominated again. To borrow a line from Daniel Cormier, if PS wins all 3 fights, there is no rivalry.

rainslacker41d ago (Edited 41d ago )

They shut down lionhead. Bungie wanted to make something besides halo, so ended up leaving MS. Rare I suppose is making what they want, for whatever that's worth.

MS brought it's new studios knowing what they were making, or wanted to make. If those games arent successful, I'd be worried about those studios long term prospects. Rapid growth can also lead to rapid downsizing if it doesnt produce the desired results. Might be a while, but saying it's all good now is premature. It's ok to be optimistic, and that is preferable, but blind faith that all will go well is ignorant.

For now, I'll just wait and see what they will bring. MS is doing what they should have done years ago, so I cant fault them for doing what people said they needed to do. Doesnt mean I have to believe they're going to do better. MS history suggests that studio closures are more likely than them cultivating them through potentially rough times.

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