Jack Thompson Joins EA Acquisition Effort

| 3 Mar 2008 11:09

Jack Thompson has thrown his weight behind Electronic Arts' attempted buyout of Take-Two Games, hoping his influence will provide the one final push needed to get the deal done.

GamePolitics has reported on Thompson's generous offer of assistance to EA, expressed in a letter to company CEO John Riccitiello. Thompson, a Take-Two shareholder himself since 2005, is reportedly dissatisfied with the company's performance and direction under current chairman Strauss Zelnick.

"I am delighted to work with Electronic Arts to evict the Zelnick Trojan Horse from within Take-Two's corporate walls. In doing so, I can get the new Take-Two into the clear as to the trouble I and others can send its way," Thompson wrote as part of his surprise offer of assistance. "Zelnick is the source of trouble headed Take-Two's way, not I, and EA can make the case, with my help, that such trouble can be avoided."

Neither Zelnick nor Riccitiello have thus far commented on Thompson's unexpected entry into EA's $2 billion acquisition offer for Take-Two.

Disclosure(s): Strauss Zelnick, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc., is the head of ZelnickMedia, an investor in both Take-Two and Defy Media, LLC, our parent company. This article was published without approval or consent of ZelnickMedia or Take-Two.
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