TO ACQUIRE EIDOS plc?
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[ February 22nd 2005 ]
Murdoch's News Corp is rumoured to be closing
in on a deal to acquire British computer games
publisher Eidos, according to numerous industry
sources via gaming magazine www.gamesindustry.biz.
Eidos' strong portfolio of intellectual properties
- including the Tomb Raider franchise, Hitman
and Championship Manager - may have hooked in
News Corp. Games Industry also speculates many
of Eidos' internal studios are preparing presentations
for the company's new owners, lending credence
to an imminent acquisition.
has become an item of choice for potential corporate
buyers in recent months, with most major publishers
being tied to acquisition talks with the company.
In January, Europe's third-largest video games
publisher Ubisoft said it had not ruling out buying
British rival Eidos as part of its defence options
against a potential takeover by Electronics Arts.
"We are still interested in this company (Eidos).
Short-term we are (more focused on) analysing
how to organise in the face of recent events rather
than on buying Eidos," Chairman and Chief Executive
Officer Yves Guillemot confirmed. "That said,
this is a defence option we have not yet ruled
out," he added.
confirmed its intention of seeking a buyer during
the company's AGM in November 2004. "Eidos remains
committed to a sale of the Company in the best
interests of its shareholders and will continue
to pursue the discussions still under way with
a view to securing an offer as soon as possible."
concludes Eidos' post-AGM statement.