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    EA to buy Codemasters?

    https://news.sky.com/story/games-gia...eover-12160582

    Looks like EA are making moves to outbid Take-Two's efforts to buy Codemasters (which includes Slightly Mad Studios)

    Well, this is interesting news...
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    Don’t know what would be better for future “Projects”. Personally I don’t like EA.
    But I’m sure Ian won’t be happy with that move. Remember what happened about 10 years ago and what Ian think about EA.
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    It gets to a point where it's nothing to do with making computer games, it's just about evil finance robots and their algorithms. From that article: "Some fund managers who own Codemasters shares have reportedly expressed dissatisfaction with the Take-Two deal because of its equity component."
    I'd guess if it was just down to Codemasters, they would stick by their agreement with Take Two, but it looks like it's not, so they probably won't.
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    Ian Bell's comments from 19 September 2017.

    “We made a game called Need for Speed: Shift, we made a game called Shift 2 and EA came to me and said <<We’ll give you 1.5 million if you agree not to talk to any other publisher, to agree any other games or work on any other arrangement with any other publisher. And we’ll give you 1.5 million and we’ll sign Shift 3>>. So I said OK. That sounds like a good deal. I took the 1.5 million, I paid the guys, lots of bonuses, and two weeks before we were due to start Shift 3 it was cancelled. With no warning. They said: “We are not doing that anymore”

    “We were in trouble, we had nothing left. We were done. They literally destroyed our company. They tried to kill us, they tried to steal our technology as well. They tried to [expletive] us over, there is no other way to put it. That’s what they tried to do. And we have no love for EA and this company.”
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    That was the beginning of Ian’s “cunning plan”. WMD members will remember...
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    Give it a year or two and we might have another plan, so cunning you could pin a tail on it and call it a weasel
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    Bad news IMO
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    Noooooooooo! Being bought by CM turned sour fast as hell This is the worst game news in years and that's not even counting the effect on the Dirt (+ Rally) series.
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    A decidedly bad day for gamers everywhere. Leaving aside the SMS aspect, EA will have no hesitation in shutting Codemasters down if their games don't produce the returns EA wants them to. I don't care if people do or don't like SMS, Codemasters et al, every studio has a lot of very hard working, dedicated people working for it and those are the people that will suffer the most when things turn sour.
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