Microsoft in Talks With Vivendi
Reuters lends some credibility to a story reported earlier in the week by Computer and Video Games suggesting that Microsoft might be picking up Vivendi's Games division. While the original rumor suggested the deal was already sealed and should be announced this week, that was probably an exaggeration. According to Reuters, Investement bank Investec merely indicates that the two giants are discussing a purchase.Read More for some details.
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Jeff Van Rhee, Investec's director of enterprise software research, told Reuters he had received indications a deal was in the works. "There was some pretty actionable data that said something had just happened and things were heating up pretty quickly," he said.
The division, which is strongest in PC games but also has significant console game operations, has been reported at various times in the last year to be either up for sale or in preparations for an initial public offering.
At this point it doesn't look like any huge announcement is impending, but this might be one of those rumors hiding a grain of truth. All told, I'd be pretty happy to see this deal develop, but there are certainly a thousand hurdles between talks and consumation.- Elysium