A new rumor is making the rounds that claims tech giant Microsoft is looking to acquire Electronic Arts, and possibly other large gaming-focused companies.
The rumor (via Polygon) cites a “reliable source close to Microsoft” that claims the massive company is eyeing up wholly acquiring Electronic Arts, a bid to help bolster their lack of Xbox exclusives in comparison to the glut of exclusive titles hitting Sony and Nintendo’s platforms.
What’s more, the rumor claims there are “whispers” of Microsoft also looking to acquire the equally massive and profitable Valve Corporation, as well as PUBG Corp, the developer behind the stupidly popular PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds.
While purchasing Electronic Arts seems ridiculous and impossible, Microsoft has lots of money and they’re not afraid to throw around billions, let alone tens of billions in the case of EA. Back in 2014 they acquired Mojang and their wildly popular sandbox game Minecraft for $2.5 billion without batting an eyelash. They also have a thing for buying up tech companies to own their services.
For now, most of Microsoft’s exclusives are coming from their own Microsoft Studios or their second party developers for games like State of Decay 2, Crackdown 3, Sea of Thieves, and possible new entries for franchises like Halo, Forza, and Gears of War. Considering how much cash they have in the bank (reportedly over $100 billion), buying EA would be a smaller investment.
As this is a rumor, please take this with a grain of salt – previous rumors like Microsoft buying up chips manufacturer Advanced Micro Devices back in 2015. What do you think of Microsoft buying up EA? Valve? Sound off in the comments below!