According to the latest industry rumours, Ubisoft could be the industry’s next big acquisition, and that implies it could be bought by Sony or Microsoft. This information comes after it was suggested that venture capitalists could start hovering over Ubisoft, which could be sold at a time when its shares are falling.
Bloomberg reports that Blackstone and KKR & Co, the two largest private equity firms in the worldthey were “study french business“and they have”a preliminary acquisition interest“at Ubisoft, but that the company has not yet entered”no serious negotiation with potential buyers“.
According to Kotaku’s sources, Ubisoft has worked closely with various third-party consultants over the past few years to audit various parts of its business. As companies do this to be more profitable and prepare for the future, sources Kotaku spoke to suggest it’s a sign that Ubisoft is trying to get its books in order for a possible sale.
If someone wanted to buy Ubisoft, they would save a lot of money, and in July 2018 each share was over $110 compared to $41 what they cost today. But they would still have to go through the family of CEO Yves Guillemot, currently estimated at owns 15% of the company. The CEO himself has already halted a hostile takeover attempt by French media conglomerate Vivendi after securing funding from Tencent and other companies in 2018. But some current and former company sources now believe the veteran 35 years in the corporate video game industry might be looking for an exit strategy.
As Bloomberg reported in February, Ubisoft has decided to turn one of the planned DLCs for Assassin’s Creed Valhalla into a standalone game. to help fill the holes in its release schedule over the next 18 months. Meanwhile, the next full Far Cry, Ghost Recon, and Assassin’s Creed games continue to be further away than Ubisoft previously anticipated.
“We do not comment on rumors or speculation,” the company revealed in a statement to Kotaku.
“Ubisoft has unrivaled creative and production capabilities, with more than 20,000 talented people collaborating in our global game development studios. Thanks to them, our long-term focus and our appetite for creative risk-taking, we have built one of the strongest label brands in the industry and we have many exciting new brands and projects on the horizon.As a result, we are ideally positioned to take advantage of the industry’s rapid growth and platform opportunities. -form that are emerging right now.”