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WHY WHY WHY WHY?!
I cannot understand why publishers & companies keep selling themselves to ea & activision.
For how many companies has that ever turned out to be a good idea?

The list of racing games worth playing is gonna get smaller the next couple of years i feel...



[NEG]kiliandj said:

WHY WHY WHY WHY?!
I cannot understand why publishers & companies keep selling themselves to ea & activision.
For how many companies has that ever turned out to be a good idea?

The list of racing games worth playing is gonna get smaller the next couple of years i feel...

They don't. Companies don't have free will, they don't get to choose what they do.

The owners of companies sell them to EA & Activision. It always works out very well for them because they get a shit tonne of cash, that's why they keep doing it. Why would they care what happens to the company after they sell it? They've got cash in the bank...

It's like, if you were to sell your car, would you really care if the new owner crashes it and completely wrecks it? Probably not, you probably wouldn't even know actually, you'd still have the cash you got for selling it either way though.



I thought Take2 was going to buy Codemasters. What happened?



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Signalstar said:

I thought Take2 was going to buy Codemasters. What happened?

EA showed up with more money.



$ 1.2 bn USD for Dirt 5 + F1 ? What? are they even worth that much? How long will that take to recoupe? if ever.

Also EA already has Need for Speed.
Do they really need 2 more raceing games? even if they space them out throughout the year, its too much.

Questionable investment imo.



JRPGfan said:

$ 1.2 bn USD for Dirt 5 + F1 ? What? are they even worth that much? How long will that take to recoupe? if ever.

Also EA already has Need for Speed.
Do they really need 2 more raceing games? even if they space them out throughout the year, its too much.

Questionable investment imo.

Licenses, one of EA's primary strategies to gain such a huge hold on both the racing and sports genres. Easily worth it long-term.



Well this is just fan-fucking-tastic. -_-



Mummelmann said:
JRPGfan said:

$ 1.2 bn USD for Dirt 5 + F1 ? What? are they even worth that much? How long will that take to recoupe? if ever.

Also EA already has Need for Speed.
Do they really need 2 more raceing games? even if they space them out throughout the year, its too much.

Questionable investment imo.

Licenses, one of EA's primary strategies to gain such a huge hold on both the racing and sports genres. Easily worth it long-term.

But why? I thought codemaster's have issues with sales (things often underperform as well).
Why pay $1.2 bn for that?  Just to close down the studio, and let the IP lay on the shelf, so they dont compete with Need for Speed?

Or are they planning to try and make the next dirt+f1 game sell better?
Was codemaster in some way/shape/form limited and needed EA money bags to help it make these games bigger in some way?

Chances are high (imo) that F1, Dirt, dont improve going forwards.
Neither do sales... and what comes next is EA shutting down another game studio (as they love to do).

It just seems like a waste of $1,2bn.
I doubt they can milk those 2 IP's for that much.