Hey Sports Tech Fans,
This week’s podcast from the Techstars Launchpool Web3 accelerator is MegaFans.
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Another big EA sports this week after the big announcement last week of EA Sports and FIFA parting ways from 2023 on the iconic football game.
This time there it is about EA being acquired by one of the big tech giants with Apple amongst the likes of Amazon, Disney and even with a merger with NBC being mentioned.
Obviously at the start of the year we saw Activision Blizzard being acquired by Microsoft in a mega deal for $69 billion.
The rumoured price for EA is said to be a more modest $36 billion.
Reports suggest that Disney are more focused on the growing of their streaming subscription service, while an apparent deal with NBC/Comcast fell through based on share and structure.
Apple are said to be interested in the deal as it would give them a serious catalog of games and revenue potential as they look more into gaming with the apparent upcoming release of a VR or AR headset.
Apple’s gaming subscription Apple Arcade has been struggling since its launch so having a huge back catalog of old games for the service as well as having high profile games like the FIFA replacement EA Sports FC, Madden NFL, F1, NHL, Apex Legends, Need for Speed etc. that they could potentially bring to M1 chip powered MacBooks and iPads.
A notable absentee from the list of potential suitors is Google.
Their gaming service Stadia has also failed to live up to initial billing and would benefit from a significant back catalog of games for Stadia and also for Google Play Pass for older titles.
The timing of this is interesting as it comes off the back of last weeks announcement of a parting of ways with FIFA but there is likely no connection.
But the trend of acquisitions of big gaming studios by big tech companies is set to continue as the Microsoft and Activision Blizzard is likely the first of many.
Have a great sporting weekend,