Sony buys Bungie! The video game acquisition frenzy continues as Bungie agrees to join Sony for $3.5 billion dollars. This news comes on the heels of the blistering $68.7 billion dollar deal Xbox made to acquire Activision Blizzard AND Take 2 Interactive acquiring Zynga for $12.7 billion dollars – all in the same month! We dive into this trend of behemoth corporations gobbling up developers and publishers that has been going on for the past few years and discuss what the long game is, who could be next, and just plain marveling over how freaking deep pockets these companies have. After listening to the episode, we’d love to hear from you! Post your comments below detailing your experiences with the topic listed above or leave us feedback on what you thought of the show.
00:00 – Intro
00:11 – Greetings!
00:58 – Xbox Activision Blizzard recap
01:35 – Gauging Sony’s acquisition of Bungie as a response to Xbox
03:55 – Taking a look at the acquisition trend over the past several years
12:30 – Sony / Bungie news & quotes overview
18:24 – Setting expectations
20:30 – Bungie has become street smart with Publishers
22:00 – What does “Live Service” entail?
25:37 – Bungie’s Q&A
27:00 – Bungie fans response on Reddit
29:35 – Bungie’s new IP
32:34 – How do Xbox fans feel about the merger?
37:30 – Examining which studio or publisher could be acquired next
51:59 – Xbox has only spent half of its acquisition budget for the year
54:05 – Russ’ short list of available developers and publishers
58:25 – Xbox employee pie chart
59:34 – Japanese developers
01:32:35 – What Sony gains from acquiring Bungie
01:09:54 – Will Xbox & Sony influence positive change with developers?
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