Disney Might Buy EA, Says Wall Street Journal

December 11, 2008 -

Has the hunter become the hunted?

Electronic Arts, which pursued GTA publisher Take-Two Interactive for much of 2008, may now be an acquisition target of Disney.

According to financial website The Motley Fool, the Wall Street Journal's Heard on the Street column suggested yesterday that Disney might be eyeing EA. The WSJ apparently based their speculation on comments made by Disney's Chief Financial Officer during a conference call on Tuesday. From the Fool:

Asked if Disney's focus would be on developing in-house games over buying more developers, [CFO Tom] Staggs responded, "I don't want you to conclude that those are in the long term mutually exclusive." He went on to say that a "strategic and attractive" purchase would be "a possibility" for the family entertainment giant.

Did he say Electronic Arts (Nasdaq: ERTS)? No. However, a combination of EA's battered share price and Disney's desire to ramp up its gaming presence dovetail nicely in the rumor mill.

The Motley Fool offers five reasons why a Disney takeover of EA makes sense:

  • Disney has acquired game companies before (Avalanche Studios, Club Penguin)
  • EA Sports and Disney's ESPN would have synergy
  • Disney's MMOs haven't worked out so far, but EA has Warhammer
  • Racing is a major theme is Disney's films and parks; EA has Need For Speed
  • Convergence of Disney's theme parks with EA's strong IP

Still, The Motley Fool views the chances of a Disney-EA deal as slim. And, it's pretty clear that, when it talks about acquisitions, family-friendly Disney isn't thinking of Take-Two and GTA.


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Re: Disney Might Buy EA, Says Wall Street Journal

Thanks; good job. 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.

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Re: Disney Might Buy EA, Says Wall Street Journal

great now I can just focus all my hate on disney

 

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Re: Disney Might Buy EA, Says Wall Street Journal

Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

please no disney. stick to your movies please. all of your games suck. please i don't want some kiddy b*tch making

my fifa & need for speed. how about EA buying disney ?

Re: Disney Might Buy EA, Says Wall Street Journal

Pft, EA couldn't even buy Take-Two, the thought of them buying Disney makes me laugh.


Re: Disney Might Buy EA, Says Wall Street Journal

Disney is even shittier now than EA, at least in terms of product quality.

Re: Disney Might Buy EA, Says Wall Street Journal

This may be wrong in the long run, but only after Disney tries to make Grand Theft Steamboat where you are a rat that steals a riverboat by singing and dancing on to the bridge so Captain is forced to magically have a change of heart so he just gives up his ship. Then the rat leads the boat on a candy cane tossing voyage down the Missaloula River that looks oddly like a major river in the states where he proceeds to fight off soft shoe dancing spiders to keep the river safe while hugging girls for health.

Sounds like Disney would have their work cut out for them.

Maybe while they are at it, they can make us a "Jump to conclusions" mat.

 

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Re: Disney Might Buy EA, Says Wall Street Journal

They're both pretty evil, so it'd be a good merger.

Re: Disney Might Buy EA, Says Wall Street Journal

Disney isn't really what it was... then again I can't think of many entertainment companies from back in the day that are.

Re: Disney Might Buy EA, Says Wall Street Journal

Uh huh, see!  T2 wasn't as stupid as some people thought when they didn't take EA's offer.

EA buys T2, then Disney buys EA, hence, Disney would own T2... and Rockstar.

See there?  Strauss ain't dumb.  :)

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Re: Disney Might Buy EA, Says Wall Street Journal

Well, I'd like Mickey Mouse to steal cars and have sex with prostitutes.

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Oh heck yeah!

GTA Disney character style!

Now THERE is a parody if there ever was one!

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Re: Disney Might Buy EA, Says Wall Street Journal

I really don't care about this deal.. I don't buy games from either disney, or EA.

Re: Disney Might Buy EA, Says Wall Street Journal

Disney? Family friendly?

How many people have been killed in Disney movies?

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Re: Disney Might Buy EA, Says Wall Street Journal

My only concern about this is about Bioware. I'm not that sure that Disney will let Bioware have the creative control they're enjoying under JR's leadership of EA. I could, of course, be wrong. I'm also not that sure that Disney would let Bioware write a side story for Mass Effect 2 or 3 that dealt with say abortion or have you gun down innocent or nearly innocent people, let alone forcing you to make very difficult decisions such as you have to do in Mass Effect.

On the other hand, the movie Leon was being published by Buena Vista Televion, Disney's parent company? I think.
I fail to see how this movie is family-friendly? OK, it is about a hitman and his daughter? and their relationsship, but still... On yet another note; the Witch in the original Snow White from 1937 is really, really evil....

On yet another note; Riccitiello clearly made a strategic bad business decision when he as CEO of EA bought Elevation Partners who owned Bioware and Pandemic Studios. I bet EA would be (more) happy right now, if they had some of that (cash) money laying around with which they bought Bioware and Pandemic; I sincerely hope this doesn't mean that EA will be firing JR; if they do, I'm pretty sure that Bioware will be closed? or at least re-structured... As long as JR is with EA, JR is protecting Bioware from any harm. But what happens when he one day is gone ?

 



 

Re: Disney Might Buy EA, Says Wall Street Journal

Not really his daughter... He took her in after her whole family was gunned down. The little girl (Natalie Portman) thought of Leon romantically.  She was 12... thus the "OMGWTFBBQ" on the hotel manager's face.

Re: Disney Might Buy EA, Says Wall Street Journal

Wow... this would be horrible.

What kind of material would be put out by the company?

I too try to avoid Disney products.

Don't do this, EA!

*mind is reeling*

Re: Disney Might Buy EA, Says Wall Street Journal

This reads like speculation to me, of which there is more going on in relation to the Games Industry than I'm comfortable with right now. What we need is some stability, rather than more shotgun weddings wiping out more jobs.

Personal opinion, of course.

Re: Disney Might Buy EA, Says Wall Street Journal

Well since I try to avoid Disney products like the plague, and I also avoid EA products like the plague, this merger has my complete approval.

Re: Disney Might Buy EA, Says Wall Street Journal

Why do you avoid them?

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Re: Disney Might Buy EA, Says Wall Street Journal

It's Disney and EA, man. Why wouldn't you avoid them?

Of course, given how many brands and companies they both own... boycotting them sure is tough.

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Jesus Christ, think of the children man!

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Warren Spector went over the "Disney=kiddy thing http://junctionpoint.wordpress.com/2007/07/23/the-house-of-mouse/#comments

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I would take delight in seeing Mickey Mouse jerseys "unlocked" for Madden '10 or w/e the hell they'll call it. It would be hilarious on many fronts to see things get destroyed. I last recall Free Radical's Timesplitters being published by EA last time though, so I'd die a little inside if they threw in Disney stuff on that before it is done >_>.

 

Re: Disney Might Buy EA, Says Wall Street Journal

No, you have to pay for that, it is DLC, which has added value in these people's minds.  A Disney jersey cost $20, and for the set of 6 it cost $100.

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Disney and EA will be horrible. Mercs 3 will be NO MORE. OMG it has GUNS!!!!!! Disney quick replace the guns with happy kittens and the explosions with confettie.

Re: Disney Might Buy EA, Says Wall Street Journal

I know this wasn't Disney's call, but maybe they will replace all the guns with walkie-talkies.

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Re: Disney Might Buy EA, Says Wall Street Journal

You do realize that disney actually puts out alot of mature material right? None of its actually under the disney name. I doubt EA would actually have a name change.

Re: Disney Might Buy EA, Says Wall Street Journal

True. Miramax is one of the many Disney labels.

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Re: Disney Might Buy EA, Says Wall Street Journal

Disney still technically owns a porn distributor.

Re: Disney Might Buy EA, Says Wall Street Journal

You just killed my childhood, and I hope you're happy.

Re: Disney Might Buy EA, Says Wall Street Journal

Rule 34'd?

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The internet. Ruining childhoods since 1996.

 

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Re: Disney Might Buy EA, Says Wall Street Journal

Take-Two is a more likely target.

I would love to see Grand Theft Disney myself...

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Re: Disney Might Buy EA, Says Wall Street Journal

Hey, maybe EA will get a taste of their own medicine. Disney has a track record of destroying all it touches for the sake of profit. So does EA. They are the perfect match.

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Re: Disney Might Buy EA, Says Wall Street Journal

2 wrongs don't make a right (but 3 rights make a left)

Or its a double negative...
I hope that if they make a crap game (a month after merger), they realize how terrible they are and realize they need to get there crap together.

Re: Disney Might Buy EA, Says Wall Street Journal

Okay I see this working out many ways...

1. Disney destroying EA (Disney just eating up EA and doing to it what Disney and EA both normally do)
2. EA destroying Disney (by them failing together and EA pulling a dirty deed to come back alive)

3. Them destroying each other (them just failing together, too much evil in one place...)
4. Them destroying the media industry (poor quality, poor treatment of employees and consumers, encourage other companies to treat everyone like crap)

5. Them destroying customer rights and all means of ownership (advance what EA and ESA are already working on)
6. Them turning into a living being which would be the Anti-Christ

7. Too much evil in one places creating a black hole that eats Earth
8. Them over running the government with other CEOs and executive company people and turning the country to shit

9. Consumers mob Disney and EA because of being treated like shit, and destroy them both
10. (Might be possible) Them merge and be found to be a monopoly and split back apart.
11. And the least likely of them all...  Them getting their shit together and actually becoming a great trustworthy company that cares about their consumers

I really do not see a winning situation here.

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Would EA develop a worse Touch of Crap™ or would their Touch of Crap™ turn to crap, thus no longer turning things to crap? O.o


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Well, This is... interesting to say the least.

 

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Re: Disney Might Buy EA, Says Wall Street Journal

This would be weird, but I hope this goes through, just to see what happens.  I do hope they do something more with Kingdom Hearts.

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Re: Disney Might Buy EA, Says Wall Street Journal

Isn't Kingdom Hearts mostly in development by SquareEnix isn't it?  Doesn't Disney just offer the rights to use the characters and the rest of development is sololy SE?

Re: Disney Might Buy EA, Says Wall Street Journal

From my understanding (mostly rumors), Disney actually proposed the idea of Kingdom Hearts to SE, and SE liked the idea and went with it.  I know that Disney isn't the best developer so it was wise...

 

and if SE didn't do it, I'm sure someone like Nintendo would pick it up...I an imagine Mario working with Mikey

Re: Disney Might Buy EA, Says Wall Street Journal

You really want to hear a long, long conversation between Mickey and Mario about Heartless, Cornerstones of Light, Keyblades, Castle Oblivion and all this crpytic psuedo-philosophical weirdness in their equally high pitched, squeaky voices?

That would be the most insane moment in an already completely insane game franchise.

Re: Disney Might Buy EA, Says Wall Street Journal

But, but Mario would have to say a sentence logner than "Here we go!!" It could undermind the very idea behind reality.

Re: Disney Might Buy EA, Says Wall Street Journal

Mushroom Kingdom Hearts!

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Yes they do.  I am hoping that since they are getting more involved in the gaming industry that they will get involved with game development also.

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Re: Disney Might Buy EA, Says Wall Street Journal

 Why would you want them to do that? i mean, despite its massive resources, Disney itself has done very little good in like that last 8 years or so... these days the best stuff that comes out of disney is just stuff that other people make but disney attaches themselves to, like the stuff made my Pixar. The age of great disney films pretty much ended with the 90's with only a touch hear and there of anything good... Disney getting directly involved with game development would most likely be just extending their failures to the video game medium... i mean, the only reason Kingdom hearts worked out so well was because SquareEnix were the one's actually handling the development

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All I can say is this:

"KINGDOM HEARTS FOR THE FUCKING WIN, BITCH!!!"

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Re: Disney Might Buy EA, Says Wall Street Journal

Please, God, no. That would be... weird and unnatural.

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