Financial Times Predicts EA To Be Next In Line For A Major Takeover

Microsoft's acquisition of Activision Blizzard came out of nowhere earlier this week, and now it's got everyone guessing who might be next — interestingly, the Financial Times (paywall) believes there's a chance it could be EA.

The outlet says that EA "fits the bill" with major franchises and "astute" mobile gaming investments. The company is said to have an enterprise value of $38bn, and the likes of Amazon, Meta, Google and Netflix are all namedropped as potential suitors. It's also pointed out that Sony might be looking to bounce back after the Activision Blizzard deal by acquiring more exclusive games of its own.

Then again, our friends at Push Square have pointed out that it seems unlikely Sony will table a bid, and we can't really see Microsoft opening the chequebook again so soon — although at this point, it seems like anything's possible.

Ultimately, we'll have to wait and see what happens next, but it's fun to speculate in the meantime! Given that EA Play is a big part of Game Pass Ultimate, we'd hope that EA's games are safe as part of the Xbox brand... at least for now.

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