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tlr online
23-02-05, 15:55
EIDOS ON VERGE OF SALE TO NEWS CORP
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[ February 23rd 2005 ]

Eidos may have finally acquired a buyer for the company following a report leaked yesterday by www.gamesindustry.biz (http://www.gamesindustry.biz) that media tycoon Rupert Murdoch may be readying a foray into the video-game business with the acquisition of the London-based publisher. GI reports this morning that sources within Eidos have confirmed the company is on the verge of being sold to Rupert Murdoch's media empire News Corporation, with the deal expected to be announced within the coming week.

"We're just really glad the News Corp thing is out in the open now," a source at the company told GI this morning. "Keep an eye on it over the next week," he continued. "It could happen on Thursday, it could happen on Monday - we're not sure, but there's light at the end of the tunnel now."

More information to follow.

tlr online
23-02-05, 15:56
I'm willing to bet my tights (if I had any) that Tomb Raider 7 will be announced very soon after Eidos officially announces a sale to News Corp.

I mean, News Corp couldn't ask for better PR than that, right? Brand new acquisition and then more media attention when the biggest video-game franchise of all time is announced attached to the aegis of News Corp.

Nice!

tlr online
23-02-05, 16:09
You know, the more I think about this, the more excited I am for Eidos. I mean, this is a perfect marriage. News Corp is a major player in world media. They own broadcasting companies, Europe's biggest cable broadcaster (Sky), numerous magazines, newspapers, yet up until now had little interest in the video-game sector, which is kinda ironic when you think that - as more and more developers plan "movie style" projects, and since Murdoch owns 20th Century Fox - that particular area of the business hadn't been covered.

Can you imagine the potential for promotion on future Eidos titles? LMAO! Up until now, Eidos has continually tied the knot with mags for front page exclusives that mutally benefit both parties. Now Eidos could bag global promotion on a scale never before seen.

It wouldn't surprise me if News Corp continue their spending spree and bag a few more publishers at the same time!

tlr online
25-02-05, 12:01
According to CVG (who don't hold much water with me) News Corp has now squashed rumours of a bid for Eidos.

Anyways. I'm sure one or the other will comment soon enough.