rumors of EA acquisition Minimized by the company’s CEO Andrew Wilson. On Tuesday’s earnings call, Wilson answered questions about a media article suggesting EA was pursuing a sale by declaring that EA could continue to be an independent developer if it wanted to. . That said, we didn’t completely deny reports of a possible acquisition.
Wilson avoids EA acquisition reports
In a conference call with financial investors in the first quarter of fiscal 2023, Wilson first gave credence to “rumors and speculation from some small red media outlets,” as transcribed in full by Seeking Alpha. I didn’t want to give it away, but that EA can stand on its own without a parent company. He said:
“I think we are in an incredible position. We will soon be the world’s largest standalone independent developer and publisher of interactive entertainment.
…[In] In a world where games are becoming more and more important to Gen Z and Alpha’s lives, they will be the future consumption and entertainment leaders. one company. ”
Wilson does not directly refer to an earlier report in May in which Puck’s Dylan Byers claimed EA was “persistently” pursuing a buyout offer and nearly merged with NBCUniversal until a deal was struck. selected. EA also claimed he was looking at other companies such as Disney, Apple and Amazon.
Once Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard is complete and clears the Federal Trade Commission and UK antitrust investigations, EA could very well become the largest independent video game publisher. A recent chart by Newzoo sorting the game revenues of the top video game companies shows that EA is currently between the merger of Nintendo and Take Two-Zynga. It doesn’t look like there is.
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