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Title    Embracer Group Lets Go of Borderlands Maker for $460M After Three Years
Date    Monday April 01, @04:18PM
Author    hubie
Topic   
from the embrace-the-suck dept.
https://soylentnews.org/article.pl?sid=24/03/31/1320259

Freeman writes:

https://arstechnica.com/gaming/2024/03/embracer-group-lets-go-of-borderlands-maker-for-460m-after-three-years/

Embracer Group has been backing away from its all-encompassing position in the games industry lately. The latest divestment is Gearbox Entertainment, the studio behind the Borderlands series it bought in early 2021 for a deal that could have been worth up to $1.37 billion to Gearbox had it stayed inside the Swedish conglomerate's grasp.

The buyer is Take-Two Interactive Software, which had previously partnered with Gearbox on publishing Borderlands and other titles. Take-Two will issue new shares of its common stock to pay $460 million for Gearbox, to be completed before the end of June this year. Embracer paid $363 million in cash and stock for Gearbox in 2021 but promised up to $1 billion more should the developer hit earnings goals over six years.

[...] Gearbox has studios in Texas, Montreal, and Quebec City, Canada. The firm had 550 employees at the time of its acquisition, but divisions of the company had seen layoffs in January.

[...] Embracer had been acquiring properties in 2021 and 2022 with an understanding that a planned $2 billion investment from the Saudi-government-backed Savvy Games Group would give the new mega-conglomerate some runway.

[...] Once the Saudi deal fell through in May 2023, however, the firm announced that it would undergo a major restructuring through March 2024. That included the shutdown of Volition in August 2023 and deep cuts at Eidos that took an unannounced Deus Ex title with them.

Gearbox and its Borderlands franchise were the biggest get, however. The looter-shooter series, struck through with (often exhausting) "edge-y" humor, has reportedly sold more than 77 million copies and earned more than $1 billion in revenue throughout its run, according to Bloomberg. Take-Two noted that a Borderlands game was "in active development" at Gearbox in its acquisition announcement.

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Original Submission

Links

  1. "Freeman" - https://soylentnews.org/~Freeman/
  2. "studio behind the Borderlands series it bought in early 2021" - https://arstechnica.com/gaming/2021/02/borderlands-studio-gets-scooped-up-in-deal-worth-up-to-1-37-billion/
  3. "The buyer is Take-Two Interactive Software" - https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20240327928202/en/
  4. "seen layoffs in January" - https://www.theverge.com/2024/1/12/24036653/layoffs-hit-a-gearbox-studio
  5. "the Saudi deal fell through" - https://www.gamesindustry.biz/embracer-group-net-sales-rise-to-35bn-in-challenging-year
  6. "announced" - https://embracer.com/releases/open-letter-by-embracer-group-ceo-on-restructuring-program/
  7. "the shutdown of Volition" - https://arstechnica.com/gaming/2023/08/saints-row-red-faction-studio-volition-closes-suddenly-after-30-years/
  8. "took an unannounced Deus Ex title with them" - https://arstechnica.com/gaming/2023/08/saints-row-red-faction-studio-volition-closes-suddenly-after-30-years/
  9. "its Borderlands franchise" - https://arstechnica.com/gaming/2019/09/so-far-borderlands-3-is-equal-parts-entrancing-and-annoying/
  10. "according to Bloomberg" - https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2023-09-11/embracer-group-looks-to-sell-video-game-studio-gearbox
  11. "Duke Nukem Forever 2001 Build Suddenly Appears With Source Code" - https://soylentnews.org/article.pl?sid=22/05/13/0241209
  12. "Take-Two Interactive Acquires Zynga for $12.7 Billion" - https://soylentnews.org/article.pl?sid=22/01/11/0048216
  13. "Steam Battles Off-Topic Reviews — Flaming Old Games Because of Borderlands 3 Exclusive Deal" - https://soylentnews.org/article.pl?sid=19/04/10/0843230
  14. "Red Dead Redemption 2 Has Sold Over 17 Million Copies Worldwide" - https://soylentnews.org/article.pl?sid=18/11/11/017244
  15. "Indie Developers Pitch How They'd Revive Duke Nukem" - https://soylentnews.org/article.pl?sid=15/07/18/0416244
  16. "Grand Theft Auto Parent Company Sues BBC" - https://soylentnews.org/article.pl?sid=15/05/22/2318242
  17. "Original Submission" - https://soylentnews.org/submit.pl?op=viewsub&subid=62436

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