In the midst of an ongoing wave of big gaming industry acquisitions – with the largest being Microsoft’s recent buyout of Activision Blizzard – Ubisoft recently stated that they’d review any acquisition offers made but would like to remain an independent publisher.
Speaking during the company’s latest earnings call yesterday, Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot stated that they’d like to remain an independent publisher. However, they didn’t completely write off any potential acquisition offers either, stating that they’d review a buyout should it happen.
Guillemot’s full statement on the subject of remaining independent and addressing acquisitions reads:
“We have always taken decisions in the interest of our stakeholders, which are our employees, players and shareholders. Ubisoft can remain independent: we have the talent, the financial scale, and a large portfolio of original IPs.
Having said that, if there were an offer to buy us, the board of directors would of course review it in the interest of all stakeholders.”
Frédérick Dugue, Ubisoft’s CFO, followed up by saying why there haven’t been any offers made for Ubisoft thus far, stating their large status in the gaming industry as allowing them to stand on their own:
“What we can say is we have high-value assets, we have the scale to remain independent and create very meaningful value in the future, because we have scale in terms of our workforce, engineering, technology, IPs and engaged communities.”
Ubisoft is committed to remaining an independent publisher, which is seemingly boding well for Microsoft’s acquisitions. Both Bethesda and Activision Blizzard, under Xbox’s banner, will still stay independent publishers despite their massive acquisitions. If Ubisoft were to be purchased or made an offer, we imagine it will fall on the double-billion digits like the Activision Blizzard deal.
Source: PlayStation Universe