There is a rumor floating around that Microsoft is considering buying EA, Valve, and PUBG Corp.
“A reliable source close to Microsoft” told Polygon the news, with reports of “internal shifts” at Microsoft creating the necessary situation for an acquisition.
SuperDataResearch analyst Joost Van Dreunen further told Polygon that he expects more news about an acquisition soon.
“Because of where we are in the lifecycle of all these things, I’m expecting to hear Microsoft announce something very, very shortly”.
This follows the promotion of Xbox head Phil Spencer to Microsoft’s senior leadership team, which he deemed “a great show of commitment” to its gaming portfolio.
This would be huge for Microsoft and further build out their gaming software division. This isn’t the first time they’ve done something of this nature in regards to acquisitions. Back in September of 2014 Microsoft paid $2.5 Billion for Minecraft developers Mojang. This acquistion of EA, Valve and PUBG Corp would further bolster their foothold in the gaming scene.
In regards to PUBG Corp, this move would certainly capitalize on the success of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds following its exclusive release through the Xbox Game Preview program.
It will be interesting to see if these rumors hold any merit or if they are purely speculations. Let’s keep an eye out for confirmations and as usual I’ll report back if I hear anything in our press box.