Warner Bros Interactive reportedly split after merger
AT&T announced earlier today that it will split WarnerMedia and merge it with Discovery in a $ 43 billion deal that will result in the creation of a new “stand-alone and premier global entertainment company. plan ”which will compete with Netflix and Disney +. According to IGN, the deal will affect the video game scene as well.
Most of IGN’s overview focuses on the video aspect of the deal, but AT&T also told the site that part of Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, but not all, will be sold. No details have been provided on how the company will be divided, but WBIE is itself the parent company of a dozen studios, including NetherRealm, Monolith, Avalanche, Rocksteady, TT Games, Playdemic and WB Games studios. in San Diego, Boston, Montreal. , San Francisco and New York.
Some of these studios and the games they’re working on – Mortal Kombat, Middle-earth: Shadow of War, Batman: Arkham, and Lego, to name a few – “will stay with AT&T, and some will go with the new one. company, “a representative Axios reporter Sara Fischer told Axios.
It’s impossible to say what kind of effect the change will have on individual games or studios, although I guess the larger of the bunch, like Mortal Kombat, probably won’t pivot in a noticeable way immediately. A less obvious question is who will take control of the famous Nemesis system that Warner filed a patent for in 2015, and what they will do with it.
WB Games is in the process of breaking up due to the WarnerMedia-Discovery sale / merger of AT&T. “Part of the gaming arm will remain with AT&T and others will go with the new company,” said the representative of AT&T. ‘Axios at @sarafischer. No other info. WB Games lists 11 studios, games for all kinds of IPs, devicesMay 17, 2021
The WarnerMedia-Discovery merger obviously goes far beyond WBIE itself, but the game publisher has recently been on at least one other negotiating table: Rumors emerged in July 2020 that AT&T was looking to offload WBIE for $ 4 billion, with Microsoft seen as a potential buyer. . A month later, however, AT&T apparently changed its mind.
Other than confirmation that at least some of WBIE’s studios will be moved to a new headquarters, no other information has been shared. I contacted WarnerMedia for more information and will update it if I receive a response.