May 16, 2022

Take-Two in talks to acquire Codemasters (UPDATED!)

‘This will make a fine addition to my collection’- Strauss Zelnick Take-Two CEO

UPDATE 10/11/2020:

Take-Two have officially confirmed that they will be purchasing Codemasters, in a note sent to investors today.

The deal, which at first, was reported to be worth £759 million but has now been valued at £726 million, is set to be done and dusted in the first quarter of 2021.

Original story:

Take-Two, the publishers of GTA and Borderlands, in talks to acquire British publisher Codemasters, who are behind such games as DiRT, F1 and Project Cars.

Take-Two, who already own 2K, Rockstar and Private Division, announced that they have put forward a non-binding proposal to acquire the entire capital share of Codemasters.

Codemasters Board of Directors on the way to the bank (Colourized 2020)

In a statement, Take-Two said that:

Take-Two believes that the combination of Take-Two and Codemasters would bring together two world-class interactive entertainment portfolios, with a highly complementary fit between Take-Two’s 2K publishing label and Codemasters in the racing genre.

In addition, Take-Two believes that it can bring benefits to Codemasters’ performance by leveraging Take-Two’s global distribution network and 2K’s core operating expertise in publishing, including live operations, analytics, product development, and brand and performance marketing

Take-Two has until 4th December to announce its firm intention to make an offer for Codemasters.

If all goes well, following due diligence and the all-clear from the competition authority, Codemasters said that they will recommend to their board of directors to accept the deal. Which according to reports could be worth £740 million.

What does this mean for us gamers?

Well, at this point it’s impossible to say.

However, if 2K get their hands on Codemasters, I hate to say it but expect microtransactions in their games. But I could be wrong…couldn’t I?

You can read the entire proposal here.

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