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Rumor: Microsoft considering acquisition of EA, Valve, or PUBG Corp

Rumor: Microsoft considering acquisition of EA, Valve, or PUBG Corp

Given how big both EA and Valve are, though, they could be asking for more than Microsoft is willing to part with in order to make an acquisition to get some more exclusives for the Xbox One.

The first one being, Electronic Arts or EA.

You can run down a few other of the biggest publishers such as Activision-Blizzard, 2K Games, and Bethesda, and yeah, while Microsoft would be thrilled to have them on board, logistically it would be extremely hard to pull off for the same reasons as EA. Top game makers such as PUBG Corp, Valve, and even EA have been named. Either way any of the above would be a major shift in the world of videogames. Still, the thought of games like Anthem, Dragon Age, Mass Effect, Star Wars, Madden, and Federation Internationale de Football Association all being exclusive to the Xbox One or future consoles from Microsoft is just bonkers.

The company may be planning to dig into its $130bn cash reserves in order to fund an acquisition of EA and/or Valve, which would nearly certainly run into the billions. The current Microsoft boss, Nadella Satya, seems way more interested in games than his predecessor Steve Ballmer, after all, and he did greenlight the enormous takeover of Mojang that saw MS snap up Minecraft.

We now have Forza Horizon 3 as the latest addition to the list of over 100 games that have been officially "enhanced" for the Xbox One X platform.

Polygon cites a "reliable source" close to Microsoft who has allegedly tipped it off about Redmond's gaming ambitions.

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Microsoft recently announced that all future first-party games will arrive on Game Pass for PC and Xbox the same day it goes on sale.

As for how a Microsoft-EA deal could affect players?

EA is what's known as a "multi-platform publisher" - it benefits from selling its games on whatever console you're playing on, including your phone.

This would mean Microsoft would need to dig deep to buy any of the gaming outfits. PUBG Corp says vehicle damage is up across the board, whether you are throwing grenades or firing a gun, and tires should be much easier to pop.

That's the word from Polygon, which notes that the Xbox One remains far behind the PS4 in terms of total units shipped (VGChartz reports 36.4M Xbox One sales to-date, compared with 73.6M PS4 sales).


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