PlayStation is reportedly considering ‘going after’ a major publisher in response to Xbox/Activision deal, according to an insider.
According to an insider, Sony PlayStation is considering ‘going after’ a major publisher in response to the Xbox/Activision deal.
While Microsoft continues their pursuit of Activision Blizzard, Sony appears to be gearing up for a major acquisition of their own – one that could prove monumental for the company.
According to Gamerficial.com, an industry insider named Rythian believes that if Microsoft successfully acquires Activision Blizzard (as appears likely), Sony may attempt to purchase Take-Two, owners of Rockstar Games and 2K.
“I have it on very good authority that, should Microsoft acquire Activision Blizzard, Sony is looking to counter it,” tweeted Rythian. “Three of my most reliable sources have confirmed this to me.”
When asked how much Sony could purchase Take-Two for, Rythian estimates it at around $20 billion. While that number may seem small in comparison to Activision Blizzard’s takeover of Take-Two which costed $68.7 billion, it remains relatively insignificant in scope.
Though all rumours and speculation should be taken with a grain of salt, if Sony acquires Take-Two for $20 billion that could be seen as an incredible deal. After all, just owning the rights to Grand Theft Auto franchise alone could generate massive income for Rockstar Games – making this transaction particularly valuable.
2K franchises such as WWE 2K, BioShock, Mafia and more could easily push the cost of acquisition of Take-Two beyond $20 billion; however, that being said Macrotrends.net reports Take-Two currently has a net worth of $20.02 billion.
My opinion is that Take-Two won’t sell their shares anytime soon, especially with GTA VI in development. If I had to guess, I wouldn’t be surprised if Sony tried to acquire some major stakes in the company; however, as with most acquisitions nowadays, anything can happen when enough money is thrown around.