Over the last few hours, a report has claimed that Sony could’ve be interested in acquiring Take-Two Interactive.
We’re used the past because, since then, the rumor has already been debunked, not only by a Take-Two comment but also by the supposed source itself.
Here’s what happened. Wedbush Securities analyst Joel Kulina said Sony is in “advanced board level discussions to acquire Take-Two Interactive in a mostly cash deal.”
Then, a few hours later, the very same Kulina told GameSpot that “there is nothing behind this story that I’ve seen.”
“No one has found a source. Market chatter refers to simply what we hear on trading desks–happens daily, just more surprised this has gone viral like it has.”
“This is purely unconfirmed market speculation that is making the rounds,” he told GamesIndustry International.
“I am not the source of this story in any regard. And not sure who quoted me as I didn’t speak with anyone over the phone (unless someone saw a trading note that I wrote).”
On top of that, Take-Two has shared a quick comment about the matter, claiming that “as a practice, we do not comment on rumors or speculation.” Sony has not commented.
So, while it would’ve been interesting to see how the gaming scenario could’ve evolved with Rockstar Games and the NBA 2K series becoming a PlayStation exclusive, that won’t probably ever happen.
Microsoft’s been rather active in terms of studio acquisitions, instead, but those deals were much lower profile in comparison.