(Apologies for clearly stealing the header joke from Zero Punctuation)

Anyway – if the second biggest third party games company steals your thunder and becomes the biggest by buying up one of your biggest rivals to form the mighty Activision Blizzard, what would you do?

Make an even bigger monolithic games company by buying someone else of course.

EA want to buy Take 2, they’ve refused, so EA upped the offer. Take 2 refused again, but EA have responded by making the offer public, and leaving it open. This could be bloody massive, and both sides have responded to each other, EA making a website and T2 releasing a press release on why they’ve declined.

Those of you in the know shouldn’t need anymore explanation as to why this is so huge, but for those who aren’t as savvy, some of the games from the Take 2 stable would include Bioshock developers Irrational (or 2K Boston and 2K Australia as they are now known) , Fireaxis – famous for the Civilization series, and of course Rockstar. They’re the Grand Theft Auto guys, for the benefit of that last guy that has not only been living in a cave for the last few years, but has only just climbed onto the Earth’s surface after being buried around the same time Atlantis fell into the sea or something…

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  1. […] Ready Up! wrote an interesting post today onHere’s a quick excerpt (Apologies for clearly stealing the header joke from Zero Punctuation) Anyway – if the second biggest third party games company steals your thunder and becomes the biggest by buying up one of your biggest rivals to form the mighty Activision Blizzard, what would you do? Make an even bigger monolithic games company by buying someone else of course. EA want to buy Take 2, they’ve refused, so EA upped the offer. Take 2 refused again, but EA have responded by making the offer public, and leaving […]

  2. Ok, so EA want to grow even bigger. I dont see the problem. I mean, I see that there is one, but I dont see what it is…

    There must be a big advantage to these huge deals, or else they would not keep happening, and surely that advantage must filter down to us gamers somehow? Or am I just fooled by EA propagated False Conciouness, and in fact this sort of thing is the reason we will never see as many brilliant games as we should? Ahhhhh!

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