Last month, we reported on the company’s intention to sell its Warner gaming division. At the time, several gaming giants, including Blizzard and EA, were said to have expressed interest in the acquisition. Today (July 7), another heavyweight joins the team of potential buyers, the cash-strapped Microsoft.
According to a new report by The Information, Microsoft is clearly interested in acquiring Warner Bros. and its game IP. The information is said to have been sent through two separate sources familiar with the matter. If Microsoft completes its acquisition of Warner Games, developers such as Rocksteady, WB Montreal and Nether Realm Studios will join Microsoft’s Xbox Game Studios launch brand. Microsoft will also get a number of well-known game IP: “Batman,” “Harry Potter,” “The Lord of the Rings” and “Mortal Kombat” will also be in Microsoft’s hands.
According to previous reports, the deal to buy Warner’s gaming division could involve up to $4 billion. Of course, this is not difficult for well-funded Microsoft. On the other hand, the next generation of console wars between Microsoft and Sony is coming to an end, and next-generation Xboxes need more exclusive games like Mortal Kombat and Batman. But given the size of the dozen studios that Microsoft has previously acquired, and the fact that Xbox team leaders have said they would like to buy mid-size teams, it remains to be seen whether Microsoft will actually act.