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Gamespot.

Sega has officially sold Visual Concepts and Kush to Take-Two Interactive, and has closed their Sports publishing label. For all of $24 million, no less.

Take-Two is opening a new label, 2K Games, for distributing their own sports titles.

I'm growing deathly afraid (and somewhat pissed) of EA and its pocketbook.
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I wonder if Take-Two will make their $24 mil back. EA has a huge market share and that was before the whole NFL deal.

RE: EA's Pocketbook. Just think what they've been taking in with their Sims add-ons and monthly fees for the online game.

It's mind boggling...




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And yet their Quality Game to Suck-tasitc ratio is still so low!

Shameful.

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I half expected EA to purchase Visual Concepts. I wouldn't have been the least bit surprised.

Take Two does have the 7-year exclusive MLBPA license, for what it's worth (not much):

    Originally posted by the January 24th Wall Street Journal
    Take-Two's deal with the baseball players union gives it exclusive "third-party publishing" rights to do a videogame featuring professional ballplayers -- a provision that shuts out companies like EA from the category while allowing makers of game consoles such as Sony Corp., Microsoft Corp. and Nintendo Corp. to publish their own baseball games, people familiar with the deal said. EA was among the losing publishers in the bidding for a deal with the baseball players union.


So the deal shuts out EA, but allows for 1st and 2nd party development. Plus, they don't have the MLB rights, which I wouldn't be surprised to see EA pick up just because they can.

If Take-Two can snap up the NBA license, and maybe even the NHL one, this could all get very interesting.



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There is a way around so EA can use the MLBPA license. It would be difficult, but they could set up three 2nd party development teams whose sole goal was to make an MLB game for the system they are assigned to. EA would have to set up three seperate LLCs and they're in the money.

That in a way would make them a 2nd party publisher.

For those not in the know:

1st party publisher: The actual company that makes the system. In-house development. Nintendo's Mario games and Microsoft's Halo (If I'm not mistaken, I don't follow the X-Box too closely) are done in-house.

2nd party publisher: The biggest I can think off had was Rare and their games for the old Nintendo 64. They were a development company not owned by Nintendo, but only made games for their system.

3rd party publisher: EA and other companies that produce games for many different systems.




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    Originally posted by CarlCX
    Gamespot.

    Sega has officially sold Visual Concepts and Kush to Take-Two Interactive, and has closed their Sports publishing label. For all of $24 million, no less.

    Take-Two is opening a new label, 2K Games, for distributing their own sports titles.

    I'm growing deathly afraid (and somewhat pissed) of EA and its pocketbook.
2K Sports? I'm surprized they're not naming it ROCKSTAR SPORTS or something. I mean, they bought DMA Designs and named them Rockstar North...and they bought Neo Software and renamed them Rockstar Vienna. Maybe they'll release some extreme sports titles under that name? Hmmmm.

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Give it another month or two. EA will buy Square-Enix and the WORLD AS WE KNOW IT WILL COLLAPSE.




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EA pokes Sony with a stick, "Give us Square!"

Sony emerges from its underground lair, crushes Godzilla underfoot and eyes little EA, "Oh... It's on!"

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So wait a minute, hold the phone. Did I read someone correctly as saying that EA no longer has the baseball license? Meaning no more MVP Baseball? OR am I misunderstanding someone? Please tell me that I am. If that is the case I now hate BOTH of these companies. But mainly EA because Sega has cheap games and I'm a cheap guy.
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    Originally posted by Jaguar
    EA pokes Sony with a stick, "Give us Square!"

    Sony emerges from its underground lair, crushes Godzilla underfoot and eyes little EA, "Oh... It's on!"


I was under the impression that Enix bought Square (even though Square had more fans, Enix had much, much more money), and even so, doesn't Square-Enix still have an agreement to publish EA's games in Japan? (as EA once had to publish Square's games in the US before Enix bailed them out?)

Still, The next console generation really does seem primed for the next big video game crash.

Besides, from the sounds of it, EA's next target on the road to world domination seems to be Ubi Soft.






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    Originally posted by Zeruel
    In-house development. Nintendo's Mario games and Microsoft's Halo (If I'm not mistaken, I don't follow the X-Box too closely) are done in-house.

    2nd party publisher: The biggest I can think off had was Rare and their games for the old Nintendo 64. They were a development company not owned by Nintendo, but only made games for their system.


For the record, Halo and Halo 2 were made by Bungie, not Microsoft.



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