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"Take-Two has a current market cap of $1.25 billion, suggesting EA could potentially write a check for Take-Two before the release of GTA."

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# 1 thekze @ 12/06/07 11:52 AM
This move would be awesome for us customers, imagine having the realism and good online gameplay from a 2k game with all the surprising features and the eye candy of an EA game.

For NHL, it would make a perfect game...
 
# 2 boomhauertjs @ 12/06/07 11:57 AM
I think that Madden has shown us that a monopoly is not a good thing.
 
# 3 ManiacMatt1782 @ 12/06/07 12:08 PM
What people fail to realize is ea doesnt think that there is anythign wrong with their games. they would buy the company lay off the sports divisions, and pretty much just keep GTA. dont think that any good for gamers could possibly come of that. all it will do is further line EA's Pockets with money from GTA, and maybe sequals to other non big sports titles. As a sports gamer, this is the LAST thing you want to happen. NBA 2k9 wont happen all you het is live. NHL 2k9, even though i felt 08 was better than 2k8, id hate ot see what ea would do with out competition. No shot at ever seeing a 2k football game ever again. This will be the end of sports gaming as we know it if this happens. But at least EA would be able to make MVP again. 1 good out of all the bad. i'd rather no MVP.
 
# 4 jrivera34 @ 12/06/07 12:28 PM
If this was to happen, I would buy MLB the Show each year, pick up a copy of Inside Drive 2004, and play a combination of NFL 2K5 and All-Pro football until another company comes along to compete with EA.

I am so glad that I have finally started to get into first person shooters. As all other games get better each year, sports gaming seems to be going in the opposite direction. Obviously, graphically our sports games are getting better but we seem to have less features in this next generation. Examples being High Heat Baseball, All Star Baseball and NFL 2K5.

If this would happen, this would be the worst day in sports gaming history.
 
# 5 luv_mist @ 12/06/07 12:28 PM
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Originally Posted by thekze
This move would be awesome for us customers, imagine having the realism and good online gameplay from a 2k game with all the surprising features and the eye candy of an EA game.

For NHL, it would make a perfect game...
NO.IT.WOULD.NOT.

That would be the most horrible thing to ever happen to the gaming industry. It would be much better if EA made their own GTA-type of game and went head-to-head with GTA in immersive factor, replayability, features, depth of gameplay & story telling, and all the other juiciness that we'd expect (and hope not to expect). Honestly, EA buying up the properties and rewards of other companies will further hinder themin producing games. They need to get original content out there that is worth the view. They need to upgrade their creativity and focus on the pureness of gaming instead of the financial side. I'm pretty sure this is not going to happen. Plus, isn't 2K apart of the Rockstar family? They're already owned if I'm not mistaken.
 
# 6 Behindshadows @ 12/06/07 12:36 PM
If Take-Two sells to EA, Then Microsoft Needs to Pick up the 2ksports franchise.

Otherwise we are all screwed for the Years to come.

Visual Concepts use to work for EA, and obviously EA doesn't like company's like them, because they are more innovative and sim. And EA is more casual gamer, when it comes to sports gaming.

This move would be extremely bad.
 
# 7 ManiacMatt1782 @ 12/06/07 07:21 PM
take 2 is the parent company of both 2k sports and rockstar. the 2k sports division would all be fired as ea has this vince mcmahon view that all of thier stuf fis the greatest thing ever and noone could match them. nothing good could come out of a ea take two merger. NOTHING!!!!
 
# 8 MachoMyers @ 12/06/07 07:41 PM
*gasp*
Say goodbye to NBA and CHoops.
 
# 9 thmst30 @ 12/06/07 07:57 PM
I'd personally burn down EA's headquarters. YOU NEVER READ THAT. GOT IT.
 
# 10 J-Unit40 @ 12/06/07 07:58 PM
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Originally Posted by Xavier12
*gasp*
Say goodbye to NBA and CHoops.
I would be livid! EA is ruining sports gaming.
 
# 11 bkfount @ 12/06/07 08:45 PM
I fully believe there will only be two giant publishers in a few years. The new Activision-Blizzard owned by Vivendi is bigger than EA. EA has been rumored to have interest in Take Two and Ubisoft, while spending billions acquiring smaller developers.

You'll still have sony, nintendo, and MS making stuff for their consoles, but the big money is in multiplatform games. The kind of stuff that EA, ubisoft, activision, take two, etc. put out.
 
# 12 CaptainZombie @ 12/06/07 08:52 PM
Oh god...........I think I'll cry like a little girl if this happens. I'm sorry, but sports gaming as we know it will be ruined.

No MLB2K series, but we will still have MLB: The Show............unless something happens with the contract with EA if they buy 2K. At this point MVP will make a return most likely, Ben Brinkman will be working for EA again.
 
# 13 jmood88 @ 12/06/07 09:13 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by thekze
This move would be awesome for us customers, imagine having the realism and good online gameplay from a 2k game with all the surprising features and the eye candy of an EA game.

For NHL, it would make a perfect game...
You can't be serious.
 
# 14 DrJones @ 12/06/07 09:30 PM
An article in which one out of four "industry experts" thinks EA should attempt to buy Take Two results in this much hand-wringing? Sounds like a tempest in a teapot to me.
 
# 15 snowmizer @ 12/06/07 09:51 PM
EA has gone after Activision Blizzard's big meal tickets of Tony Hawk (Skate) and Guitar Hero (Rock Band), with an impending move into WoW territory.

I'd find it hard to believe, if word ever started to spread that Take Two wanted out of sports, that AB wouldn't try to return the favor by looking to acquire 2k Sports.
 
# 16 DaveDQ @ 12/06/07 09:56 PM
Take Two's CEO recently stated..

Quote:
"I do believe that consolidation ultimately is inevitable," Feder said at a UBS investment conference.

"Video-game development is not getting any cheaper. It's a capital-intensive business, and I don't see that going away. That will drive some of the smaller competitors out."

Shares in Take-Two, which makes the mega-hit "Grand Theft Auto" franchise, rose 8.7 percent to close at $16.28 on Monday as the Vivendi-Activision deal boosted investor optimism that other publishers could be takeover targets. (Reporting by Franklin Paul, editing by Maureen Bavdek and Braden Reddall)
http://www.reuters.com/article/marke...0071203?rpc=44

Also, the planned merger of Activision and Vivendi Games will top EA as the world's largest independent video game publisher. How long will EA put up with that?

Competition is fierce and Take Two can not compete. They know that. They are struggling.
 
# 17 CaptainZombie @ 12/06/07 10:04 PM
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Originally Posted by dQbell
Take Two's CEO recently stated..



http://www.reuters.com/article/marke...0071203?rpc=44

Also, the planned merger of Activision and Vivendi Games will top EA as the world's largest independent video game publisher. How long will EA put up with that?

Competition is fierce and Take Two can not compete. They know that. They are struggling.
I just hope its not EA that acquires them. Hell, I think MS should go after them..............that RARE deal didn't do much for them. If MS doesn't, I would hope that Sony would try cause EA will screw things up.
 
# 18 wooz123 @ 12/06/07 10:20 PM
Nooooooooooooooooooooo! The horror. This would ruin video gaming for me. Completely.
 
# 19 CaptainZombie @ 12/06/07 10:24 PM
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Originally Posted by DrJones
An article in which one out of four "industry experts" thinks EA should attempt to buy Take Two results in this much hand-wringing? Sounds like a tempest in a teapot to me.
Doc, being in the industry do you think that EA might be trying to buy Take Two.
 
# 20 DrJones @ 12/06/07 11:05 PM
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Originally Posted by candymanGT
Doc, being in the industry do you think that EA might be trying to buy Take Two.
Although EA buying 2K Sports is often joked about, I haven't heard anything which would indicate such a move is in the works. Given the amount of cash that EA recently doled out to purchase Bioware, etc., I very much doubt it. That's not to say it couldn't happen at some point in the future, but not any time soon.

As you might imagine, if I did have real inside info that something was going down, I couldn't say so on this forum until it was publically announced, since my identity isn't exactly a secret. I wouldn't lie about it, though -- I'd either say, "No comment" or wouldn't respond in the thread at all.

Full disclosure: I worked at EA for 7 years, and currently work for Blue Castle Games, which put out The BIGS (which was published by 2K).
 

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