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Skyline_man

Microsoft Interested in Buying Take-Two ?

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Skyline_man

Yesterday Take-Two revealed it was postponing the previously scheduled annual shareholders meeting to explore its options, one being a possible sale of the entire company. Today word has reached us through the grapevine by means of an inside source at Rockstar Vancouver, that "the buzz" in the hallways is that Microsoft might have put in a bid or expressed interest in purchasing the ailing publisher/developer. While this is a mere rumor, albeit from a reliable source, it is to be taken with a grain of salt. Just imagine the ramifications....

 

 

Source: Worthplaying

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Greene

I really hope that Microsoft don't buy the company. That would mean bad things for GTA such as Xbox exclusivity. confused.gif

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Adriaan

Didn't they themselves say the other day that it's not a good idea to acquire a 3rd party publisher?

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UnitedDestruction

i would kill myself. goddamn microsoft, let the video game world be free

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dertyjerzian

I've seen a few of these topics now, and I havent been able to find where I read that a high powered Sony guy was going to be taking the head seat at Take2 or at Rock*, I cant remember which.

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LSD

Hm, I like Microsoft much more than EA. Mike Hickey pointed EA as possible buyer (Bloomberg.)

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dertyjerzian

ah, yea, LSD, I read that, or did I see it on G4? I dunno, but yea, I think EA blows. Ever heard of them making you pay on 360 to unlock cars that already APPEAR on the disc! PAY for data you already bought to be unlocked!?? We'll see how greedy or not greedy take two is for THAT particular lot of change if EA truly is a contender.

 

I know their stock has risen since all the talk of sales... might be enough for take two to take a breather and powerhouse again, now that faggy jack thompson is going to be out of the picture too.

 

Microsoft though? Man, I seriousky hope not.

 

But I imagine bidding against microsoft is a hard guy to crumble.

 

Question: What is EAs relationship to Microsoft? Depending on the answer to that (it wasnt rhetorical, I want to know if anyone knows tounge.gif) Back on track, depending on the answer to that question, add to it that we've already seen EA take pwnership of the NFL...

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topdogkiller

if microsoft were to acquire take two, it would ruin multiplaform gta for everyone.

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Vito Leone

That would suck, cause I dont want a 360.

 

And micro soft as f*ck. Would definitely suck if exclusivity for the xbox was made.

 

I'd refuse to buy one to play GTA.

 

I rather have no exclusivity at all.

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iRloading

better M$ than EA smile.gif

 

poor sony if this does pull through tounge.gif

 

GTA4 was one of it's most anticipated titles sad.gif

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MMFF
Maybe a noob question, but couldn't Rockstar just leave them and go to a different company?

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Pat
this is a mere rumor

Ding ding ding.

 

TBH, I'd prefer if neither company bought Take-Two. But if it came to Sony or Microsoft buying it, I'd prefer Microsoft.

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Starion

I would prefer that high powered sony guy to buy it.. but if microsoft took control that means r* willl have a lot of money..

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Crokey

Take-Two... Ailing, mmm dunno about that

Microsoft - There would be patches every month to stop people hacking it

EA - There would be patches every month to stop it from crashing, eg San Andreas patches = 2(ish), BF2 patches = 1,000,000 and counting

Sony - Bang goes a PC version

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LakersGM1

Come on Microsoft buy it! Make me sure I made the right chose with my 360!

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Strivici

Microsoft haven't seemed to inhibit Bungie. Bungie basically have unlimited resources available to them thanks to MS and are doing fine. GTA IV will still come out for both consoles if MS took over, Rockstar have already commited to both 360 and PS3. Future GTAs however, would probably be exclusive to 360 sad.gif .

 

If someone like EA took over, then we would have a game full of adware and spyware (BF2142) and bugs (every EA game for past 5-7 years) and it would not be GTA.

 

Anyway, the trailer will probably have a huge effect on interested companies. If the trailer is awesome then big business will want to cash in on this. Might want to prepare yourselves...

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TheDude5000

As long as it still comes out on 360 in October, I don't care.

 

Though Sony truly is f*cked if GTA IV goes 360 exclusive.

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GTA3Freak-2001

Interesting is all I can say, would this mean a PC version is more likely? Wait forget I said that

 

 

GTA3Freak-2001 looks at Halo2 and shudders

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MMFF

How big of a role will it play on the game itself? I mean, it seems you guys are saying, that if indeed EA bought TT, then the GTA games to come would suck. I just can't believe that.

 

How much does Take Two actually contribute to GTA. I thought they just helped sell it and sh*t like that. Apparently I am wrong, but what do they actually do as far as the GTA games?

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GTA3Freak-2001

Nothing really as far as I know, they are the publishers its Rockstar and their subdivisions that handle the creation of the games and their content.

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Lioshenka

i praise the great gardener in the sky that Google Inc will buy them. at least Billy boy wont get my money and thats good

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Vito Leone
Nothing really as far as I know, they are the publishers its Rockstar and their subdivisions that handle the creation of the games and their content.

But that will be exclusive stuff for the Xbox. I really wouldn't care if Microsoft bought it, long as it had the same share of stuff to the PS3.

 

Seems that Rockstar's ties in Microsoft have grown strong enough.

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Magic_Al

If you think Microsoft wouldn't kill or substantially delay the PS3 version, remember that Bungie unveiled Halo with Steve Jobs at Macworld Expo in 1999 and announced it would release simultaneously on Mac and PC. But before that could happen, Microsoft bought Bungie, and Halo became Xbox exclusive. Released with the Xbox in 2001, it took two years to be ported "back" to PC, and the Mac version took 3 months longer. The platform the game had been unveiled on was dead last to get it in 2003.

 

Glad I haven't bought my next console yet!

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ATK
Seems that Rockstar's ties in Microsoft have grown strong enough.

Its not that thier ties with Microsoft have grown stronger, but thier ties with sony have gotten weaker.

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Vito Leone
Seems that Rockstar's ties in Microsoft have grown strong enough.

Its not that thier ties with Microsoft have grown stronger, but thier ties with sony have gotten weaker.

Maybe it's both.

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j-dogg24

trust me bill gates is about money gta will come out on both systems . microsoft is also interested in buy sony he will keep both systems in the perspective brand but the technolgy would be great . bill gates also allowed mac to have the intel chip this year not the new power mac intel computer is like one of the best in the world its all about increasing cash flow

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Sixdust
trust me bill gates is about money gta will come out on both systems . microsoft is also interested in buy sony he will keep both systems in the perspective brand but the technolgy would be great . bill gates also allowed mac to have the intel chip this year not the new power mac intel computer is like one of the best in the world its all about increasing cash flow

Bill Gates is not the CEO anymore, rather the owner. If and only if Microsoft bought Take Two, would PS3 have to be worried. Why spend money if you aren't using it as a double investment (crush sony and inherit all the great games) A rumor at most, but, you got to be batsh^t if you think Bill Gates puts his tongue in Intels mouth. Intel manufacturers and develops new technology for PC's, it is Bill Gates who bows down to intel, since there are plenty of OS's out there that could do with an intel chip. Mac choose to go with intel because it was faster, highly demanded, less money (most likely, running your own manufacturing and development is alot of cash) They were getting their ass stomped into the ground, so they did what was smart. All about the cash indeed.

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Magic_Al

I don't think Microsoft would outright kill the PS3 version but I don't see how they could resist delaying it six months. Payback, you know.

 

Bill Gates doesn't run Intel, btw. Microsoft doesn't build computers and the Xbox 360 doesn't use an Intel processor, so why would Intel let Microsoft say who they can sell processors to when Microsoft isn't even an Intel "customer"? Mac was meant to go to Intel all along. Mac OS X is based on OpenStep, which was running on Intel chips when Apple bought it in 1997. Apple ported OpenStep to PowerPC and sold it as Mac OS X, while secretly keeping the Intel version up-to-date so they were able to dump PowerPC when they didn't need backwards Mac compatibility anymore.

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j-dogg24

bill gates will step down as ceo of microsoft this at the end of this year and that still down not mean that he wont call the shots due to the fact that he own 51% of the stock so share holders can vote all they want he still makes the final decision and though he does not own intel he had them locked in a contract which made them make the intel cpu chip to only work with microsoft software until recently when he and steve jobs made up

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Magic_Al

Intel CPUs being forced to run Microsoft only is obviously not true. (Linux?) The contracts Microsoft had were requiring PC manufacturers who licensed Windows to pay Microsoft a percentage of every PC sold whether the PC had Windows or not. That had nothing to do with Intel.

 

Bill Gates owned 9.6% of Microsoft as of last year. Microsoft is too huge for even Bill Gates to own more than a small piece, although his piece is bigger than anybody else's. He is still chairman but Steve Ballmer became CEO years ago. Gates is transitioning out of Microsoft and will be more or less gone by mid-2008 so he can spend all his time on charity.

 

It's probably more Ballmer's call than Gates's about whether they'd want to buy Take Two or not.

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