EA Goes Dark Over Take-Two Bid

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Like a corporate ninja, Electronic Arts has hurled a flash bomb and vanished into the shadows with Take-Two Interactive bundled under its cloak.

Umm. Do Ninjas wear cloaks? Perhaps the metaphor breaks down a bit at that point.

No matter - the point is that EA has entered into a confidentiality agreement with Take-Two and both parties are now obliged to keep their lips tightly zipped with regard to the companies ongoing discussions.

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Following the FTC's announcement last week that they would not oppose any merger, EA decided not to renew the formal bid and has been having some cosy chats with its new friends at Take-Two.

Cosy chats that from now on we will not be party to. Bah.

EA: We Might Be Talking To Take-Two, We Might Not. But We're Not Talking About It Publicly Anymore [Sillicon Alley Insider]

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EmpressInYellow
EmpressInYellow

@boringjob2: Except that all (or most) of the current signs indicate that EA has undergone a pretty major shift. We've got the company producing a bunch of (surprisingly interesting) new IP instead of the usual sequels and licensed cash-ins. We've got the partners program, which has received pretty glowing endorsements from companies that really don't have any obligation to praise EA, such as id. Riccitiello seems like he's...surprisingly clued in to how EA has been perceived in the past and how that needs to change.

For my own part, I'm not a big fan of all of the consolidation in the industry. Even so, there's some small part of me that wouldn't mind seeing the System Shock license and Ken Levine/2k together...