AT&T announced today that it will spin off WarnerMedia and merge it with Discovery in a $ 43 billion deal that will create a new “leading, stand-alone global entertainment company” that will compete with companies like Netflix and Disney + becomes. According to IGN, the deal will also affect the video game scene.
Most of IGN’s review focuses on the video aspect of the deal, but AT&T also told the site that some, but not all, of Warner Bros Interactive Entertainment will be sold out. No details on the division of the company were disclosed, but WBIE is itself the parent company of around a dozen studios, including NetherRealm, Monolith, Avalanche, Rocksteady, TT Games, Playdemic and WB Games in San Diego, Boston, Montreal, San Francisco and New York.
Some of these studios and the games they’re working on – Mortal Kombat, Middle-earth: Shadow of War, Batman: Arkham, and Lego, to name a handful – “will stay with AT&T, and some will stay with the new company . “said a representative of the Axios reporter Sara Fischer.
It’s impossible to say what impact the change will have on individual games or studios, although I suspect most of the group, like Mortal Kombat, likely won’t spun noticeably right away. A less obvious question is who will get control of the famous Nemesis system that Warner patented in 2015 and what they will do with it.
WB Games is somehow dissolved through the sale / merger of WarnerMedia-Discovery by AT&T. “Part of the gaming area will stay with AT&T, another part will stay with the new company,” the representative told Axios’ @sarafischer. No further information. WB Games lists 11 studios, games for all types of IP, devices May 17, 2021
The WarnerMedia and Discovery merger obviously goes way beyond WBIE itself, but the game maker has recently been at at least one other negotiating table: In July 2020, rumors raged that AT&T was planning to outsource WBIE for $ 4 billion, with Microsoft being the most possible Buyer was classified. However, a month later, AT&T appeared to have changed its mind.
Other than confirming that at least some of the WBIE studios will be relocated to a new company home, no further information has been disclosed. I’ve reached out to WarnerMedia for more information and will update it when I get a response.