Uitgever Take-Two Interactive wordt veel groter. Het bedrijf heeft vandaag in een verklaring laten weten dat het officieel ontwikkelstudio Codemasters gaat overnemen.
Hierbij wordt 849 miljoen euro betaald. De overname zou begin 2021 afgerond moeten zijn. Codemasters is de studio achter grote racegames waaronder de F1, DIRT en Project Cars-games.
“We are exceedingly pleased to announce this recommended transaction with the Board of Codemasters,” said Take-Two Interactive chairman and CEO Strauss Zelnick in a press release. “Codemasters has a renowned history of creating some of our industry’s most beloved and commercially successful racing franchises, and we believe that their offerings will be highly complementary to our sports portfolio and enhance further our organization’s long-term growth. Moreover, we look forward to welcoming Codemasters’ senior management and development teams into our Take-Two family, and sharing in our vision to deliver the highest quality entertainment experiences and aim to be the most innovative, creative and efficient company in our industry.”
Codemasters chairman Gerhard Florin added, “With a leading position in sports gaming, the Board of Codemasters firmly believes the Company will benefit from Take-Two’s broad capabilities which will help propel the long term success of Codemasters. In recommending this offer to shareholders, the Board of Codemasters believes it is in the best interests of all stakeholders in the Company. Take-Two’s offer reflects the great work the management team has done since listing on AIM in 2018 at 200p and delivers an excellent return for shareholders in just two and a half years.”