Will Microsoft Sell Xbox Entertainment Studios to Warner Bros?

Will Microsoft Sell Xbox Entertainment Studios to Warner Bros?

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A conversation is just that, says Warners.

It's far from a done deal, but Microsoft is trying to find a buyer for its Xbox Entertainment Studios, and the first potential purchaser is Warner Bros. If this deal goes forward, the most likely result is that the Studio will merge with Warner's Machinima YouTube channel.

Warner Bros' spokeswoman was careful to say that it is "constantly having preliminary discussions regarding business opportunities with numerous companies at any given time. A conversation is just that - a conversation." The talks are in very early stages, and there's no guarantee an agreement will be reached.

However the news is a shot in the arm for Xbox Entertainment Studios inasmuch as, without a buyer, it will cease to exist. It still has a few projects in the pipeline, but when Phil Spencer first made his 'change is never easy' announcement, closure was the only option for XES.

The deal would also be good for Machinima, which would gain the infrastructure it needs for big budget projects. It has worked with Xbox before, on the Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn series.

Source: Hollywood Reporter

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Oh just the new film studio they started in 2012, I saw the Xbox in the title and thought Microsoft were selling there game software division to Warner.

I cant imagine why WBros would want to become a first party publisher.

All that delicious money that the Arkham series has been making? Probably wouldnt even see half of it if it were just on Xbox.

No wait, its just the stillborn TV studio.

Well if anyone actually wants that... Why would anyone want that?

While you are at it, MS, sell off your entire XBox division, your tablet division and the Windows Phone division and focus purely on selling your OS and Office.

Well...it's like David Cross once said in one of his stand-ups.... It's like moving to a fry pan to another fry pan.

Then again, Microsoft did shot itself in the foot to begin with.

Even though this was just a conversation, and probably won't go any further then that for at least the rest of this year, I have a bad feeling that the XBox brand is going to be scrapped entirely by the end of this Generation.

Still, if Warner Bros. did acquire the core Xbox Games, like Halo and Gears of War, I'm sure they could do amazing things with them (Better things then Microsoft are doing with them). And maybe they can actually make a decent Banjo-Kazooie Platformer for WiiU/PS4...

Mr.Mattress:
Even though this was just a conversation, and probably won't go any further then that for at least the rest of this year, I have a bad feeling that the XBox brand is going to be scrapped entirely by the end of this Generation.

Still, if Warner Bros. did acquire the core Xbox Games, like Halo and Gears of War, I'm sure they could do amazing things with them (Better things then Microsoft are doing with them). And maybe they can actually make a decent Banjo-Kazooie Platformer for WiiU/PS4...

This wasn't about games. It was about the studio they created to do their TV for Xbone.

If they actually do the deal, I think that it could be a mutually good thing for both, especially for Warner Bros.

So, Microsoft is selling somebody else the right to bang their head against a wall all day? I wouldn't do it, WB!

TV, TV, TV, TV, TV, TV, TV, TV, SPORTS, TV, WATERCOOLER, TV, SPORTS, TV.

It will be funny if Microsoft can't find anyone to pick up the entertainment division.

Wasn't the studio basically DOA anyway? I guess Warner could add more personnel and IP to the thoroughly awful thing Machinima has become but this seems like a poor deal. I don't see much if worth on offer in the deal.

I really don't understand how this all went south so quickly. I was vaguely wondering if they'd actually broadcast any programs before tanking. Thankfully we have wikipedia...

A Documentary about Street Soccer.
A Documentary about Atari.
Miss Teen USA - joint broadcast XES and YouTube.

Hugely expensive series based on Halo.

Hmm, I think I see the problem here.

This will never happen.

 

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