GamePro magazine predicts that Microsoft will buy the fast-growing game developer Epic Games.
“Microsoft will buy Epic Games for $1 billion this summer,” wrote GamePro assistant editor, Travis Moses in the latest issue of the magazine.
It’s a bit early to draw conclusions as to whether or not this is true, but it wouldn’t be *that* far-fetched, as Microsoft’s game publisher division already paid Epic millions of dollars for developing the multi-award-winning Xbox 360 title Gears of War in 2006.
“Epic Games is one of the few highly regarded indie developers partly for their games but mostly for their Unreal engine technology, Moses wrote. Microsoft has lots of cash on hand, and in buying Epic, could collect royalty rights for Unreal technology across other platforms.”
“Epic Games™s tight partnership with Microsoft, along with widespread use of the Unreal engine, and this move makes a lot of sense, particularly in light of [Electronic Arts]™s Pandemic/BioWare merger [as] well as the Activision/Vivendi shockers.”
Stay tuned, we’ll get back to this matter as soon as more information surfaces.