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EA Hints at Acquiring Warner Bros. Interactive

According to reports, Electronic Arts is interested in purchasing Warner Bros. Interactive from parent company AT&T.

Right after buying out WarnerMedia company back in 2018, Texas-based telecommunications company AT&T has announced to sell off its video game division Warner Bros. Interactive for $4 billion in a shocking revelation last month.

Earlier this month, rumors of Microsoft Studios being a potential buyer was out there but that has since been died down. Most recently, one of the top-executives of Electronic Arts hinted at possibilities of acquiring WB Interactive soon.

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EA Hints at Acquiring Warner Bros. Interactive

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A week ago, a WB Interactive games digital sale on Microsoft Store apparently teased of an announcement during Xbox Games Showcase digital event but they never really talked about anything regarding a buyout of WB Games.

Player community across different gaming platforms are curious to know who will end up owning Warner Bros. Interactive, acquiring license for known franchises like Batman: Arkham, Injustice, LEGO, Middle-Earth and Mortal Kombat.

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Blake Jorgensen, COO of EA has revealed interest in acquiring new talent but he didn't specify about Warner Bros. Interactive particularly. During recent earnings call for Q1, he mentioned of "one big asset" when asked for acquisition strategy.

He also clarified that EA is largely interested in attaining studio talent than simply owning their game franchises. One of the classic examples for such buyout is attainment of Titanfall series developer Respawn Entertainment back in 2017.

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About a possible buyout of Warner Bros. Interactive, Blake Jorgensen gave out a very indicative statement.

I can't comment on any specific acquisition other than what I will tell you is, as you've seen in the past, where we've done the best is where we have long-term relationships with people, and we're really trying to buy great talent versus games.

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Whosoever owns WB Interactive will receive access to its subsidiary developer Avalanche Software, Monolith Productions, NetherRealm Studios, Rocksteady Studios, TT Games and several studios of WB Games in U.S. and Canada.

Even though a buyout takes place, in-development Warner Bros. IPs like new Harry Potter and Batman game will not be part of that deal. Jorgensen could also be talking about EA's business practices than teasing to purchase WB Games.