Warner Bros. Wins Bid For Midway For A Very Simple Reason

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Looks like the new home of Mortal Kombat, Joust, Spy Hunter and other well-known Midway properties will be Warner Bros. after all. The media conglomerate looks to have won bidding rights to the publisher and developer by default.

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According to the LA Times' report on the matter, Warner's $33 million bid for the better portion of the company's assets was the only serious offer. There were no other formal bids.

As part of a buy out time line that would accept offers until June 24th, Midway's goods and people were previously planned to go up for auction on June 29th to the entity with the deepest pockets. No need for that now.

Warner's bid would net the media giant development studios in Chicago (Mortal Kombat, Stranglehold) and Seattle (The Suffering, This Is Vegas) and rights to new and classic IP. It would also almost certainly mean another Mortal Kombat and DC crossover.

Midway still has two orphaned studios, one in San Diego, one in Newcastle (Wheelman), with the latter currently seeking a buyer for the team and its original Necessary Force property.

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More details at the LA Times.

Warner Bros. emerges as sole bidder for Midway Games [LA Times]

DISCUSSION

What an interesting turn of events. I'm not sure where Ted Turner factors into this, if at all, but in 1994 there was an animated show called SWAT Kats which rose to become the number one syndicated animated show. The show was abruptly canceled, and it was implied by Ted Turner that it was because it was their only violent cartoon, and despite the success they wanted to rid themselves of it. If Ted Turner is at all involved with this, I wonder if they'd rather let the Mortal Kombat series die off, or at least make it a great deal less violent. Considering the most violent depiction in that show that I recall off hand was the smoldering hand of a charred corpse, Mortal Kombat is several orders of magnitude more violent.

Of course, Ted Turner may have nothing to do with this, and it isn't the mid 1990s anymore, he has shown a willingness to get rid of something profitable based on personal convictions, so this strikes me as very interesting.