Platform owner possibly looking to buy Red Dead Redemption 2 publisher.
Whoooooooweeee here’s a hot one. Chatter around the web today erupted with talks that Sony, makers of products like the Playstation 3D TV, the PlayStation Eye Toy, and the PlayStation 3 Chat Pad, are looking to get even further into the gaming space with a purchase of one of the biggest publishers on the planet, Take Two. Take Two (TTWO on the NASDAQ) is the publisher of Rockstar Games, 2K, Firaxis, Ghost Story and other developers, and their mega hit games like the Grand Theft Auto, Red Dead Redemption and NBA 2K series.
The report comes via MarketWatch, which itself cited Wedbush Securities (home of The Internet’s Michael Pachter) for the note. For Sony to be interested in purchasing the company would be massive, and undoubtedly put an entire industry on its side.
But let’s hold off on anything at the moment. There is, as far as we’ve checked, zero actual evidence that anything has taken place, even though “high-level talks” were mentioned. This is speculation at the moment, no matter how exciting it is, and will probably lead to nothing. Sony’s console rival Microsoft has been buying up developers left and right as it looks to bolster its first party output but those are single devs and not entire publishers with thousands of employees. More likely is Sony looking to sign up exclusivity deals instead of straight up purchases, which would be far less expensive and yield potentially positive results.
It’s fun to imagine, but let’s not do any more than that.