100% but does Sony even need to buy SE for that reason? The IP practically is bought and paid for at this point.
Unless that could be a reason why SE keeps trimming down and seemingly appears to want to trim down even more. Cheaper to purchase.
In this day and age? Absolutely.
Microsoft opened the floodgates with their publisher acquisitions. Even if they stop at Activision Blizzard, Amazon, Tencent, Disney, won't.