Ubisoft could be the next company to be acquired amid ongoing industry-wide acquisitions such as Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard, Sony’s acquisition of Bungie, and Take-Two’s acquisition of mobile giant Zynga.
that is because Bloomberg Several private-equity firms, including Blackstone Inc. and KKR & Co., have been studying the French business with an eye toward potential acquisitions, according to people familiar with the publication.However, despite this, Ubisoft has reportedly not engaged in serious negotiations or negotiation procedures with these potential buyers, and Bloomberg It’s unclear whether Ubisoft’s major shareholders would be willing to make such a deal in the first place, the sources said.
That major shareholder is Ubisoft chairman Yves Guillemot, who owns 15 percent of the publisher of Assassin’s Creed and Far Cry. Shares of Ubisoft have fallen about 41% over the past year, reducing its overall market value to about $5.2 billion. Bloomberg “Deliberation is at an early stage and there is no certainty that any suitor will proceed with an offer,” its source said.
Ubisoft told Bloomberg While it declined to comment specifically on any acquisition interest, it has built a strong portfolio and is positioned to “capitalize on emerging opportunities in a rapidly growing industry.” Shares of Ubisoft have jumped 11% since news of the potential acquisition interest was reported. Video Game Chronicles.
Ubisoft may try to block a potential acquisition as it avoided being acquired by Vivendi in 2018. It remains to be seen whether Ubisoft wants to be acquired, or if it is ready to block such an acquisition.
If Ubisoft ends up being acquired this year, it will join a lineup of other acquisitions that have largely defined the game so far in 2022. It started with Take-Two Interactive, the parent company behind the Grand Theft Auto franchise, which announced in January that it was buying mobile giant Zynga for nearly $13 billion. A week later, Microsoft announced it was buying Activision Blizzard, the company behind Overwatch and Call of Duty, for $68.7 billion, and two weeks later, Sony announced it was buying Bungie for $3.6 billion. A few weeks later, Sony also announced the acquisition of Jade Raymond’s new studio, Haven.