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    Xbox Head Phil Spencer Acquiring Nintendo Warner Bros. Interactive

    Xbox has made significant acquisitions this generation, like its$ 7.5 billion purchase of ZeniMax Media and its colossal$ 69 billion Activision Blizzard acquisition. Xbox and Microsoft spent a lot of time this year in authorities working to get its order of Activision Blizzard officially approved, and several papers were sealed away from the public and media during these proceedings. However, several unseen files from those court proceeding have leaked. One email reveals Xbox head Phil Spencer was considering an acquisition of Mario maker Nintendo and Mortal Kombat 1 publisher Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment & nbsp,( now known as Warner Bros. Games ) at one point. & nbsp,

    Axios writer Stephen Totilo posted, on Twitter, a leaked August 2020 message from Spencer to Chris Capossela and Takeshi Numoto, senior vice president and chief marketing officials at Microsoft. In this email, Spencer discusses acquiring Nintendo, referring to its possibility as a” career moment”& nbsp, and a” good move for both companies”.& nbsp, He also says it’s taking a long time for Nintendo” to see that their future exists off of their own hardware “,& nbsp, likely referring to Nintendo games becoming part of the Xbox ecosystem in this potential acquisition. & nbsp,

    However, Spencer also casts doubt on actually being able to acquire Nintendo, citing that the Japanese company is” sitting on a big pile of cash “.& nbsp, He also notes that without a stock buyout – related catalyst, he doesn’t” see an angle to a near term mutually agreeable merger of Nintendo and ] Microsoft ]”.& nbsp, He also doesn’t think hostile action would be a good move, so Microsoft is” playing the long game”.

    In that same contact, Spencer talks about possible expansions of ZeniMax Media, the firm behind Bethesda, which Xbox did end up buying in 2021, and Warner Bros. Interactive, which is the editor responsible for this year’s Hogwarts Legacy and this week’s Mortal Kombat 1. & nbsp,

    ” Confidentially, we have two fairly active M & amp, A discussions in Gaming right now “,& nbsp, Spencer writes in the email. ” Warner Brothers Interactive and ZeniMax […] I & nbsp, won’t say WB or Zeni is Nintendo but both are for sale and gettable by us if things align”.

    Spencer then explains that the biggest obstacle with Warner Bros. Interactive is IP ownership, as even after the potential acquisition, Xbox wouldn’t own any of the IP, which he says” hurts long term flexibility”.& nbsp, He says the biggest obstacle with ZeniMax Media is” valuation expectations of founders “,& nbsp, before noting that he thinks” it’s likely one or both of these happen which will help us continue to double down on our Gaming relevance”.& nbsp,

    This leaked email and various other leaked documents arrive at a time when Microsoft is still working to get the U. K. ‘ s Competition and Markets Authority regulatory agency on board with its$ 69 billion acquisition of Activision Blizzard. You can get up on all of that below.

    Does Xbox buy Nintendo, in your opinion? How does Warner Bros. Engaging fare? Tell us in the remarks section above!

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