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EA/Take-Two News On Monday

Grand Theft Auto IV is out and Take-Two is basking in the glow of its immense sales success. Therefore, is it any surprise that Electronic Arts is just itching to complete the takeover they propositioned earlier this year?

Well, according to the VideoGaming247 blog, Lazard Capital analyst Colin Sebastian has said that news on EA's proposed buyout of Take-Two can be expected on Monday. We've been waiting and waiting and waiting; Take-Two played the waiting game on the way to releasing GTAIV, EA has been waiting for the publisher to cave, and the gamers have been waiting for an end to this whole situation.

“Expect update on TTWO bid by Monday morning,” said Sebastian in an investor note. “We continue to believe that the current offer of $25.74 per share would be accretive to earnings for Electronic Arts, as well as fill several meaningful product gaps.”

If this is true and the deal goes through, expect the Internet to explode early next week. Some will maintain that this is bad news for the esteemed GTA franchise, but we say it won't hinder the series at all...provided they let Rockstar do what they wanna do with GTAV. So long as EA keeps their noses out of the development process and simply slaps their label on the final product, we don't have a problem. We just want another excellent game, right? Stay tuned; Monday could be the day that Take-Two finally agrees to come underneath EA's very large umbrella.

5/14/2008 Ben Dutka

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Tatsujin
Wednesday, May 14, 2008 @ 10:28:57 PM
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Actually Ben, That IS the problem. I don't want EA's tag on any of Rockstars franchises, they just don't deserve it. What they do deserve though is a slap in the face, fucking amatures. Take the little guys work is all they do, well... If they do take over Take-Two im boycotting EA forever and ever and ever!!! Unless they actually bring Mass Effect 2 to PS3, then I might have to reconsider = ='

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Wednesday, May 14, 2008 @ 10:30:01 PM
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As far as I'm concerned, there is no problem unless the quality of the games previously under Take-Two's name suffers under EA's name.

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Tatsujin
Wednesday, May 14, 2008 @ 10:34:43 PM
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Hey, Im just sayin... the only way EA would deserve their name on such a title is if they provide all the money... (Just make sure they don't touch the game...)

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John Shoemaker
Wednesday, May 14, 2008 @ 10:46:09 PM
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At one end, I have to agree with Tatsujin on the whole they do not deserve to have TTWO or the GTA franchise under their arm because they haven't produced a game that could be as good or better then any of the GTA games in years.
But at the same time I also have to agree with Ben on the quality of the game under EAs name. If the game goes way under GTAIV or isn't up to par with what GTAIV did then it would be a problem.
EA, IMO, is only in it for the money. They seem to be just buying up all the game makers in the past years that have been putting out good games. But then at the same time putting out average or bad games when they do under their name.
And the only possible way I wouldn't play GTAV is if they completely fill it with advertisements like they did in Burnout Paradise.

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aaronisbla
Wednesday, May 14, 2008 @ 10:48:18 PM
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i just hope they don't pull what they tend to do, as well as activision, make a title on a yearly basis. Sure, a GTA game every year would be AWESOME if the quality of the game is there.

But i think it would suffer like CoD3 did.

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Tatsujin
Wednesday, May 14, 2008 @ 10:51:40 PM
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Hey, I just feel that if EA keeps buying all these companies, pretty soon there will be no competition what-so-ever. And eventually were going to be paying for games that are half the quality of what they should be... Why? Because EA is the monopoly, and there is no other developer to put some competition into the fight.

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karneli lll
Thursday, May 15, 2008 @ 12:19:55 AM
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It's amazing to watch how gamers are slowly warming up to EA. At least there's still Konami,Square n' other developers outside EA's influence to keep the hope of better gaming afloat.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Thursday, May 15, 2008 @ 12:38:54 AM
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Well, I'm just being basic. I'm a gamer; I don't care about the business end of it. If we get a great game, I'm happy. If not, I'm not, and I gotta look for someone to blame. And if GTAV doesn't meet expectations, I WILL look at EA as being a problem.

I just want great games. That's all. :)

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chinchillables
Thursday, May 15, 2008 @ 12:59:02 AM
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Small companies become greater when they stand up against the larger companies and outperform them.


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LegioN
Thursday, May 15, 2008 @ 3:43:19 AM
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I just hope EA don't try to monopolize everything. And if they ruin GTA:V i will do as Tatsujin said and boycott every game they have.

Provided that nothing changes dramatically, and we still see Take Two and R* in control of GTA, then there shouldn't be an issue.

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Qubex
Thursday, May 15, 2008 @ 7:19:04 AM
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It's akin to Hellgate EA opening up!

Q!

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bamf
Thursday, May 15, 2008 @ 12:33:32 PM
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The top dogs at TTwo might be happy with all that money but will the developers at Rockstar be happy with the take-over? Didn't everyone at Rare leave when Microsoft took over. Rockstar ran as if thy were independent, will it be the same with EA?

It does seem that all the good EA published games come from the developers that EA have bought out. Even though TTwo are he publishers of GTA we all associate GTA with Rockstar, when EA takes over it will be an EA game.
All this shouldn't matter if we see superb games but for the mentioned above, I think GTA IV is the last in the franchise we've seen thats is brilliant.

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ThePoetRazel
Thursday, May 15, 2008 @ 2:28:55 PM
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If EA do take over then GTA games wont seem to change at first, but EA are like a disease. They can't help their nagging desire to interfere. GTA is eventually go down the drain if EA take over.

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Xanavi23
Thursday, May 15, 2008 @ 4:32:50 PM
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(Theme music of the Empire from Star Wars plays in the background)

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Tatsujin
Friday, May 16, 2008 @ 6:11:28 PM
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Poet is right... EA IS a disease... But then agian, Ben seems to have a more logical point of view, we ARE, after all, gamers. Why do we care about the business end? As long as the quality of the game meets our individual expectations than everything should be alright.

But once agian, the gaming business needs some competition. We can't have a one-named developer, otherwise our games would look as bad as Ben's face! Haha, nooo joking... But the quality of the games would drop over time with less and less competition.

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ThePoetRazel
Friday, May 16, 2008 @ 6:43:57 PM

You hit a nail squarely on the head there.
Isn't that the age old argument for Capitalism? That competition drives the creation of superior products. That and the whole democratic choice of the free market thing. But where is the choice when the market only has one brand?

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