Activision to acquire GTA owner?

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Activision may be about to acquire Grand Theft Auto owner Take-Two Interactive, according to industry rumour and speculation.

“There are very strong rumours amongst people at a very senior level within the global business,” a senior games executive told MCV this week.

“But there’re not much more than that at the moment – they are just rumours. And, of course, given Activision’s news this week, everyone is now looking to see what their next move is. But you can definitely put two and two together and make four-ish.”

The acquisition would bring such blockbuster titles as Call of Duty, World of Warcraft, Bioshock, Red Dead Redemption and Grand Theft Auto all under one Kotick-shaped roof.

Of course, this wouldn’t be the first time a major publisher has tried to acquire Take-Two. In 2008, EA unsuccessfully attempted to acquire the company in a deal that would have been worth approximately $2 billion.

Earlier this week, Activision confirmed that it would be axing several of its key franchises in order to refocus the business.

Ricky Staines

Ricky Staines

Ricky is a passionate gamer, wordsmith and coffee addict from South East London. Born and raised on Nintendo, Ricky is impervious to the nauseating effects of cute and colourful characters. In his spare time, Ricky enjoys watching movies, playing on his guitar (both real and plastic) and reading. He also does a pretty awesome impression of Max Payne, but only when nobody is looking.

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