EA, Take Two, Boston

by Darius Kazemi on April 17, 2008

in boston,business

So according to some, tonight we will know (more or less) the fate of EA’s attempt at a hostile takeover of Take Two. This has me nervous: two of our biggest studios here in Boston are owned by Take Two (2K Boston, and, more recently, Rockstar New England). What could an EA buyout mean for the Boston area? Would they shut down 2K Boston? Not likely. What about RNE, which doesn’t have a massive critical and sales hit game on their hands? As much as an EA takeover might mean good things for those studios, I’m looking at our development scene here and thinking that things are pretty good and I’d rather not see any major changes at all at this point.

Also of note is that Boston is pretty much the only major game development hub that doesn’t have an EA-owned studio. (Okay, Seattle too, I think.)

There’s some really good history and analysis of the buyout from Leigh Alexander (and a bunch of analysts) over at Kotaku.

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David April 17, 2008 at 6:53 pm

The thought of EA taking things over fills me with instinctual dread. Like, looking into the cave-lair of a mountain lion. I’ll find shelter from the rain, but I -might- be eaten.

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