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Microsoft sets to buy Warner Bros. Interactive for $4B

07/09/2020 - 03:00

The American corporation Microsoft is interested in buying the gaming division of Warner Bros. for $ 4 billion, reports The Information, citing sources inside the company. The company intends to continue the policy of buying game developers to solve the problem with the lack of exclusive games for the new Xbox Series X.

In June 2020, it became known that Warner intended to sell its Interactive Entertainment unit, which is responsible for the development of video games. 

The largest Warner studios are Rocksteady, who is responsible for the Batman series of games, NetherRealm, who is developing Mortal Kombat and Injustice, Monolith Productions, who develops games in the Lord of the Rings universe, and Avalanche Studios, which creates a game in the Harry Potter universe. It is not known what will happen to licensed games if Microsoft buys Warner Interactive.

Take-Two Interactive, Electronic Arts and Activision Blizzard were also named among the potential buyers of the Warner gaming division. However, if Microsoft acquires the company, then, most likely, future Warner Interactive projects will become exclusive to the Xbox platforms.