EA Acquires Respawn for More Than $400 million

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  1. monkeymagick

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    Video game publishing giant Electronic Arts have bought out Respawn Entertainment for a cool sum of over $400 million. Respawn Entertainment was founded by Jason West and Vince Zampella both of whom previously founded Infinity Ward developers of Call of Duty before being fired by Activision and some dirty deeds done unto them. Their latest studio has been responsible for both Titanfall and Titanfall 2 published by EA.

    Zampella told VentureBeat that Respawn has "worked together [with EA] a long time from the inception of the studio," and that talk of an acquisition has come up previously. "The question was, where we are in the industry, how do we take the next step in making bigger, better games," he said. "We see the need for bigger resources to make bigger games."
     
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    And here we see the end of another game franchise as it is churned to death
     
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    Fun while it lasted...
     
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    The sad part is all the gamers that don't give of shit and will still keep buying from Egay. "EA".
     
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    I guess they are the next studio on the list to be shut down by EA = (
     
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    Start writing the eulogy.
     
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    Just imagine from bad to worse. . . .MS buys EA.
     
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    Cool! Now another big publisher can shut down a great studio!
     
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    I can't wait for the next sequel to Medal of Honor: Allied Assault that we were denied when Activision poached 2015 studios.
     
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    WOW.. man.. does that pic really lay it out about the female to male ratio in IT oriented companies
     
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    I count... 4...? women in that group shot yeah...
     
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    our office is a bit better.. 1:3 ratio but..
     
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    Will they make Respawn the new dev to work on Mass Effect RTS?. When it doesn't do well, EA will kill them off.
     
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    how long until EA shuts them down? can't be long now....
     
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    Yay, now Respawn will have additional resources in order to become bigger and better. What could possibly go wrong?
     
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    Why blame EA, these guys sold out, since this is not the first time they have done it we can assume that this is their business plan.

    Step 1, use existing reputation and fame to get investor backing. Tell backers you will make a huge profit on the game then sell the entire company to a publisher.
    Step 2, make a game hype it up to no end.
    Step 3, sell studio and game IP to large publisher.
    Step 4, be uncooperative in development at said large publisher.
    Step 5 get fired getting you out of you no compete.
    Step 6 go back to step 1

    I always suspected titanfall was this kind of deal given how the developers just didn't seem to have any larger vision for the game. They took a pretty short path through development and had a fairly feature bland product with a lot of limitations.
     
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    Agreed rudy, I do not like it at all, but that is the way things work these days with big companies. You either sell out what you have to them or run the risk of being crushed by them if they want your stuff, on the other hand, some people create things simple to cash out to big companies and retire. The large will continue to buy or crush the small until the game of Monopoly is won. Fortunately the fatal flaw of big companies is lack of innovation, so there will continue to be small startups bringing this innovation, and buy or crush will continue.

    My advice to anyone inventing something good, don't ask Wall Street for money, they ARE the buy or crush machine and once they have you, it's rare to escape (Michael Dell did though). A big problem is, if you don't take their money, they can crush or steal from you easier since you don't have much to fight their bullshit with, serious catch 22.

    See, I'm not angry, I just see things as they are without being in a camp of any particular scenario.
     
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    It's cool to sell out now.
     
  24. dgz

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    I am honestly surprised EA is willing to pay 400 million. What am I missing here? Did they actually bring that much money in during their second marriage? My god, am I really this out of touch?
     
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    You underestimate the EA deathgrip. Behold EA might as they trash the new, original projects Respawn were developing and squeeze the everliving fuck out of the Titanfall franchise for those precious sequal dollars.
     
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    Yes, yes, but have they made this much money? I thought no one plays Titanfall
     
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    Oh, I don't know. The gaming industry is large enough that a wildly successful title can have a set of sequals before I ever hear of it.
     
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    Respawn has been working on a Star Wars game. Depending on why Respawn chose to sell themselves, EA may have opted to buy Respawn to keep tighter oversight over Respawn rather than let Nexon take over and potentially impact the game.
     
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