NY Post: EA & T2 Trash Talk Despite End to Hostile Bid

As GamePolitics reported yesterday, EA may have called a cease-fire in its hostile bid to absorb Take-Two Interactive. That development, however, does not mean that the two game publishers are ready to share a hug.

The New York Post reports on snarky (and anonymous) barbs traded between EA and T2:

"To say that EA blinked is a huge understatement," said one source close to the Take-Two camp. "They finally came to their senses and realized this wasn’t going to be done their way."


A source close to EA countered by suggesting that the company was miffed that it had to make the first overture to Take-Two. The source added that EA officials don’t want to negotiate with Take-Two’s current management team.

The Post also reports that, while the FTC is expected to bless the proposed merger, it will insist that Take-Two spin off some of its sports franchises, so as not to give EA a complete monopoly on sports games:

Though a deal would combine two of the world’s largest video-game publishers, the Federal Trade Commission is expected to give the go-ahead to a potential combination by Thursday on the condition that it divest one or more of its sports gaming franchises, with basketball or hockey being the most likely.

GP: Great mashup (left) of GTA and T2 boss Strauss Zelnick accompanies the NY Post article…

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  1. j0k3r says:

    Thanks good job;

    Btw, I think Atari and Midway will drop out too, but mostly travesti because  these guys have done nothing travesti or little and need to start saving costs. and dizi izle


    Now I don’t have to get off my ass for the important shit anymore!

    Whats next, ordering pizza from Xbox live?

    Wait… I think that sounds like a good idea.

    But I think voting should MAKE you get off your ass, and see outside or a second while you go vote. I mean, your picking the president of the United States of America for God’s Sake… least you can do is drive down there and punch out a card.

  2. oto kirlama says:

    I’m all for freedom of ttnet vitamin speech and allowing rent a car game makers to put whatever they want in games, but there’s one thing about this app that has me scratching my head.  Correct me if I’m wrong, but from araç kiralama the previous article araba kiralama on this I gathered that players can use Google maps in-game to find the other (real-life?) dealers in their area.  If this is the case, has travesti anyone considered what’s stopping someone from using this app to actually move drugs between hands for reals?

    But majority araba kiralama of their outrage araç kiralama stems from what it could DO TO children, not the content itself.  Talk to one of these people and you’ll find they don’t think any books kiralık araba should be banned from children.  Mention American Psycho and they talk about kiralık araç the redeeming value of using imagination to construct a story.  Reading, no matter what the content, is largely viewed as a consequenceless activity for people of any age.  The reason why I mention American Psycho is because of the content itself.  Gaming never has and likely never will have any scenes where someone has sex with a severed head.  Not gonna happen.  Yet despite this, they’ll fight tooth and nail to protect their children from two boys kissing in Bully but whatever they read is harmless… yeah.

    The entire arguement is kiralık oto based upon a social normality inflicted by luddites who can’t figure out the controls for Halo so it’s frightening and terrifying and obviously the cause of youth violence on the rise even though, in reality, it’s in decline (which is actually a HUGE suprise given minibüs kiralama the economies status).  In  a perfect world, we would have parents that actually parent.  The idea of sales restrictions on media on oto kiralama any form to accomidate parental unwillingness to get involved with their child’s life is the real problem to me.  Here I am, 32 years old, and being held up at a self-scan rent a car needing to show ID before I can buy a $10 M rated game all because Soccer Momthra can’t be bothered to look at the crap Billy Genericallystupidson does in his free time.  It’s too hard for her, so I have to suffer?

  3. Deamian ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    This is a groggy morning here, so bear with me while I try to get this straight…


    T2 anounnces GTA4.

    EA wants in that money when it will be released. Huge offer to mind-rape/buy T2 follows.

    T2 tells EA to go to hell. Long live T2, fuck EA.

    EA whines since then up to today.


    Am I getting this right? Why is EA still even bothering? Why is EA still even in fucking business?!! (Just a personnal question that haunts my sleepless nights).

  4. Father Time says:

    Yeah but GTA punishes you for killing cops except in certain missions where it’s required, and that’s never stopped the bullshit brigade before.

  5. Paul T. Farinelli says:

    Please, don’t try to get Thompson to latch onto MGS. The last time him and that series clashed was brief, yet horrible. Besides, I don’t think his attacks on it would get him very far. I mean, yeah you can kill people in the game, but it encourages you to leave guards unharmed instead. Not to mention the fact that the major theme of the series is pacifism.

  6. C. Browbowski says:

    i’m not much of a MGS fan, but i know JT is going to come after that too (if he some how in a some sick way survive disbarment [i.e. give favors to the judge, but its impossible if you know what i mean…]), but then again, too much is against him like you said

  7. SS says:

    Don’t worry, they know nobody’s gonna buy GTA if it’s T-rated.  though they might ruin the franchise by doing something stupid with it. 

    Hey if you are reading this JT, why don’t go after some other games other than GTA.  Maybe because other games aren’t that popular.  Here’s a tip, go after the Metal Gear Solid Series as it has playboy in it.  Didn’t you know that? a game that kids play has Playboy in it that you can look at in the game.  (I just wanna see him attack MGS and see how the rabid MGS loyal respond to JT’s attack on the great series.)

  8. C. Browbowski says:

    i appreicate your opinion, but they’re gonna emasculate GTA 5 and Manhunt 3, then turn it T-rated, then everybody will see what i’m talking about, turn it to a kiddy video game, then JT will get his way, then what? i’m ranting about this because i don’t want to see GTA turn into crap, thats a tragady and it pisses me off that corprations can get away with this!

  9. Anonymous says:

    Personally, I can see GTA 5 being a huge open-ended advertisement, with Billboards that download ads from the Internet to display to the player etc, that’s what EA try to do with most of their games.

  10. BearDogg-X says:

    Dear mildly mentally deficient person,

    Real America, the America of Freedom is really dying at the hands of would-be pedophiles like Jack Thompson, the Parent Trash Cult, "Common Sense" Media, and other Censorcratic morons, who are all the skidmark on the underwear of life.

    To paraphrase Mick Foley: I am a 28-year-old man who may not be perfect, but I’m not the "poisoner of young minds". I am not Mick Foley, but like Foley, I am good.

    Grow up and get a life, troll.

  11. Anonymous says:

    Not a Jack follower obviously, though the spelling and grammar would make you think so. Just yet another troll.

  12. kurisu7885 (can't log in) says:

    Shut up and continue your forced celibacy.

    I hate rap music too, but I won’t try to take away other’s rights to lsiten to it or produce it

  13. SS says:

    wow you are an real idiot.  i think you might just be a gamer having some fun.  Or a brainwashed kid who believes whatever JT says.

  14. C. Browbowski says:

    and you’re still a virgin! don’t blame the ills of society on video games, blame the parents

  15. Jack Thompson Follower says:

    I hope Take-Two wont be lucky not in their life, They’re games are rotting the minds of our youth and people at this very moment, the morality in our real america is dying at the hands of Take-two and Rockstar entertainment, and i blame all of you for killing innoncent people in the real world for this….You gamers are the toliet of our american society, You and Rap music.

  16. Baruch says:

    EA and T2 need to either finalize this or give it up. This constant back-and-forth is just as bad as the presidential election.

  17. C. Browbowski says:

    about JT, you know if you think about it more, the more problems you attract to video games… and anything else… e.g., you think school shootings, you GET school shootings on t.v…. then JT gets more ammo, equivalent to a pistol clip, but still you give ammo to the enemy. don’t think about negative thoughts, even though i started it (sorry guys, i couldn’t resist bringing up JT because he fascinates me and at the same time aggravates me!)

  18. Kincyr says:

    agreed. besides, American children are nothing but blobs of pure greed. hardly worth protecting on an overpopulated planet. I’m more of a ‘save the endangered species’-type person.

    岩「…Ace beats Jack」

  19. Anonymous says:

    See what you guys did.  You start mentioning JT and one of his minions will always manage to enter the room.  Every project will have imperfections to some point if the leader is imperfect.  Raising a child is a project and if you don’t raise the child right that child will have problems in life.  If you DO raise a child right and he or she decides to play GTA or Manhunt, Saints Row, Mortal Kombat ect…, that kid is NOT going to go outside and shoot someone or try to pull out someones spine because a GAME told them too.  The problems start with the parents and always will.  And I’m sick of all of this child garbage anyway.  The average age range of gamers today is between the ages of 25 and 35 (I being 28) and the reason is because those children that everone keeps talking about started in the early 80’s and are still gaming today.  That’s why they’re so many "M" rated games out now, not because they’re made for the children of today, but because they’re made for the "children" of the late 70’s and 80’s. 

    Sorry for the rant guys but I got a little pissed there…….I’m going to go take a shower now.

  20. C. Browbowski says:

    ….my opinion about JT is simply that we all know he’s NPD’ing like OCD’ing but i know that Thompson didn’t get enough love when he was a kid except learning to be mean to the help and telling video game developers to go to hell, but don’t hate him… pity him! yes that is outrageous of me to say that but this kid that defends the likes of JT is obviously an NPD’er and a OCD’ing. (for reference Narcissistic Personality Disorder/Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) but i know JT is really a Rev. at heart, that likes kids… a little too much if you ask me. (yes i’m being childish saying that so what?!)

  21. C. Browbowski says:

    apparently EA (Emasculating Arts) want to make GTA 5 a happy video game… not the gritty kind we come to love… and detest (but f%!#@ them!!), I WANT VERY HAPPY VIOLENT VIDEO GAMES, not emasculated ones!

  22. Dan J ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Interesting that the merger might require the spin-off of T2’s sports franchises… honestly, given the turnaround by EA of late with regard to their publisher-developer relationships, that was my biggest issue with the potential merger.

  23. Krono says:

    "A source close to EA countered by suggesting that the company was miffed that it had to make the first overture to Take-Two."


    Miffed they had to make the first overture? Take Two’s their direct competitor, if EA wanted to buy them out, of course they’d have to make their first move. Competitors generally don’t ask to be bought out by their rivals unless they’re about to die, and Take Two’s nowhere near death.

    "The source added that EA officials don’t want to negotiate with Take-Two’s current management team."

    Heh, of course EA doesn’t want to negotiate with Take-Two’s current management team. T2’s current management has shown themselves to be businessmen that drive a hard bargin, so of course EA doesn’t want to negotiate with anyone competant that won’t grovel for them.


  24. Anonymous says:

    If T2 is going to go ahead with the merger, they should still divest all of their sports titles in order to keep competition within the sports genre.  If that can be done, then I won’t mind the merger as much, no matter how much I hate EA.  And I know EA is behind that KOTOR, MMO bull sh** regardless of what anybody says!!  KEEP YOUR HANDS OFF OF BIOWARE YOU BASTARDS!!!!

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