PlayStation: a huge Activision Blizzard type acquisition to come?

PlayStation: a huge Activision Blizzard type acquisition to come?

PlayStation has repeatedly said acquisitions and mergers aren’t over for them. Sony Interactive Entertainment could strike a big fish and is preparing for this.

With billions earned from PlayStation, Sony has plenty of room to grow its business further. And that notably involves the acquisition of new studios. At this level, things are still moving.

A publisher bought by PlayStation?

PlayStation is insatiable and hungry for new companies to buy. Recently, the firm got its hands on a platform for organizing esports competitions to establish its position in the field. SIE already has the EVO tournament and aims to be the “Nike of video games” in the coming years. But the next acquisition could be significantly larger.

The company recruited Gregory McCurdy, an attorney, to handle antitrust and public policy matters. McCurdy was previously at Uber. There, he had a team specializing in US antitrust litigation and merger clearance proceedings.

The world of video games is fascinating and this will be a great new adventure for me. I know a bit about this industry through Microsoft, back when the Xbox was launched to compete with the PlayStation. Onward to new adventures!

Gregory McCurdy via LinkedIn (and PSU).

If he’s referring to Microsoft, it’s because he worked for the company for 15 years. So who will be the next target? No clue. But given Sony’s investment, we say to ourselves that it may be a big box, which would require having someone to deal with a major purchase.

EA? It’s a bit like the name that is thrown around “every two weeks”. Ubisoft? The publisher would rather target an investment fund. Square Enix? Despite the sale of studios and strong licenses, the company would rather relaunch on its own. And given their privileged relationship, with temporary or permanent exclusions like FF16, not sure that it is an interest but you never know.

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