CNBC said last month that AT&T would seek a separation from Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, its video game subsidiary. Three potential buyers were then mentioned: Take-Two Interactive, Activision Blizzard and Electronic Arts. According to the media The Information, we must now add the name of Microsoft to this list.
Citing two sources familiar with the situation, The Information reports that Microsoft has expressed interest in buying Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. The operation would allow the American manufacturer to get hold of several studios, namely Rocksteady (Batman Arkham), NetherRealm (Mortal Kombat), Monolith Productions (Middle-earth), Avalanche Software (which was currently working on a Harry Potter RPG), TT Games (LEGO), and five other WB Games studios spread across in the United States and Canada. Regarding licenses, the potential buyer should then negotiate with AT&T / WarnerMedia to be able to create games based on DC Comics franchises or on other Warner Bros. characters. (such as Harry Potter), as the analyst points out Daniel Ahmad. Other licenses, such as Mortal Kombat, would however be directly included in the sale.
For now, there is no indication that an agreement is imminent or even guaranteed. AT&T recalled WarnerMedia (formerly known as Time Warner) for $ 85.4 billion in October 2016. The American giant is now examining options to repay its debt of $ 154 billion. The sale of Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. could amount to $ 4 billion, according to CNBC.