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Polygon: Microsoft is looking into acquiring EA says reliable source close to Microsoft (and others)

Oct 25, 2017
Utah, USA
Some of the names being thrown around as possible acquisitions by Microsoft are, frankly, astounding, even unthinkable. But the fact that they are doing the rounds is instructive. The most recent one we heard (from a reliable source close to Microsoft) was, in fact, Electronic Arts. We also heard a whisper about Valve and about Korean outfit PUBG Corp., which Microsoft last year signed to a timed exclusive for its hit survival shooter, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds.
Only bolding the EA one because it’s from a reliable source close to Microsoft (making it the most important and carries a lot more weight) while the other ones are “whispers”.

Source: https://www.polygon.com/2018/1/29/16930892/xbox-one-exclusive-games-analysis-microsoft
Oct 27, 2017
So Xbox Game Pass makes more sense now since EA Access is its competitor. Microsoft might be aiming to the Netflix of games subscription.


Oct 28, 2017
Wut ?
I simply can't believe this. and how does this benefits EA like at all ?
even if it does, the gains are minimal. They are already so huge. Top2.
Oct 27, 2017
I just want a baseball game on Xbox.
If this is what it takes..

As for other EA sports games:
Madden on play anywhere would be huge for windows 10 store adoption
FIFA is too lucrative to be made exclusive, but at least they could add higher graphic fidelity for xbox one x
NBA Live could be put on game pass permenantly and forgo annual release
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Oct 27, 2017
Well that would be fucking massive (If FIFA were exclusive to Xbox it may have a chance to take Europe in the next gen) and would certainly go a long way towards solving Microsoft's lack of exclusives problem. (But I don't like many of EA's games so it wouldn't effect me very much.)

Probably not going to happen though.
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Oct 27, 2017
This would be absolutely terrible for the industry as a whole. Imagine games like Madden and FIFA only on Xbox/PC...
Oct 27, 2017
Before anyone asks - Fifa and co. would still be published on other systems - we saw with Minecraft what happened after a purchase.
I can see it happening and MS focusing more on being a software publisher.
Oct 25, 2017
I cannot see this happening unless EA was planning to bow out of the industry entirely. Like, I'm sure their fiscal year is pretty good thus far outside of the Battlefront shit

(but goddamn Respawn would be saved from EA's fuckery)
Oct 25, 2017
Utah, USA
Microsoft shareholders would completely revolt at any announced EA acquisition plan.

Methinks someone is pulling Polygon's leg a bit.
Only because of controversy. I have no doubt Microsoft would make sure the games microtransactions aren’t too pushy if they owned EA.
Oct 26, 2017
That would be crazy (even though I doubt it'll happen).

I'd love to see how the NFL would react with the exclusive license.