Report Suggests Ubisoft Could Be ‘The Next Big Gaming Acquisition’

Report Suggests Ubisoft Could Be ‘The Next Big Gaming Acquisition’
Report Suggests Ubisoft Could Be 'The Next Big Gaming Acquisition' 1
Report Suggests Ubisoft Could Be 'The Next Big Gaming Acquisition'
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Ubisoft could potentially be the next major third-party video game company to be bought out. According to a report on Bloombergthe French publisher and developer known for franchises such as Assassin’s Creed and just dancing could be preparing for a sale.

Private equity firms Blackstone Inc. and KKR & Co are supposedly studying “already French” business. According to Kotakuwho has been in contact with former Ubisoft developers, believes the company will “eventually sell to someone amid a falling stock price and ongoing battle” linked to multiple projects.

However, Bloomberg sources claim that “Ubisoft has not entered into serious negotiations with potential buyers, and it is unclear whether the major shareholder is willing to negotiate a deal”.

Kotaku adds that in recent years, Ubisoft has apparently “worked closely with several third-party consultancies” to monitor parts of the company. Kotaku’s sources believe Ubisoft could do this ahead of a potential sale. Representatives from Blackstone, KKR and Ubisoft have not yet responded to news of a potential acquisition.

This follows a story in February this year during a third-quarter earnings call — where CEO Yves Guillemot (“the company’s largest investor with a 15% stake”) said the company would “of course” review all possible acquisition offers. :

“Ubisoft can remain independent… our IPs are sought after by the biggest global players in entertainment and technology. That said, if there were an offer to buy us, the board of directors would of course review it in the interest of everyone stakeholders.”

If we hear updates, we’ll let you know. Tell us your thoughts in the comments!

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