PlayStation ready to (re)take out the checkbook?
Last week, Microsoft posted a job posting on LinkedIn to seek a manager whose main function will be to measure the prospects of future purchases by working “working closely with the gaming leadership team to identify and assess opportunities for transformative growth”.
Today, we find out that PlayStation posted the same kind of ad for a director in charge of corporate development. The objective of the position is to be able to work this time “in close collaboration with the management team of Sony Interactive Entertainment” with the aim of finding “opportunities for inorganic growth through acquisitions, investments or joint ventures”. Sony also discusses opportunities “interesting mergers, acquisitions and investments” on the long term.
It would therefore seem that the war of redemptions is very far from over on the side of PlayStation and Xbox. Recently, several billion dollars have been put on the table by the two firms to buy emblematic studios and groups such as Activision/Blizzard and Bethesda from Microsoft. But also Bungie, Insomniac Games, Bluepoint Games or Team Asobi for Sony.
To date, Xbox Games Studios is made up of 38 studios, including 23 that have been acquired over the past year. As for PlayStation Studios, there are 18 of them, with six studios that have been acquired over the past year.