Activision was reported to be up on the auction block just two months ago – if both sell it could be a big shift for the industry.
According to the New York Post, who also reported that Coinstar had been approached for a buyout, we could be seeing EA bought out by a private equity firm in the near future. According to their source, KKR and Providence Equity Partners have both approached EA.
Providence Equity Partners might not be a familiar name, but the company owns a piece of Zenimax, the parent company of Bethesda. KKR doesn’t appear to have any game companies in their portfolio.
Just what this means for EA is a mystery at this point, but you can bet we’ll see a few changes if a new owner picks up the company.