Microsoft open to purchasing more game studios in the future

By Sean Carey,
Microsoft shook the gaming world a couple of days ago when the company announced it was purchasing ZeniMax Media, with all of its development studios, for a hefty $7.5 billion. As it stands, 23 developers now sit under the Xbox Game Studios banner, but it seems Microsoft may still be on the lookout for more.

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Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella told CNET that Microsoft was open to purchasing more studios. "We'll always look for places where there is that commonality of purpose, mission and culture. We will always look to grow inorganically where it makes sense," said Nadella. Of course, these comments shouldn't come as too much of a surprise. Big companies are always looking at new potential acquisitions. In recent years Microsoft has acquired notable developers such as Mojang Studios, Obsidian Entertainment, Playground Games, Ninja Theory, InXile Entertainment, and more.

In July, rumours began to spread that Microsoft was interested in acquiring Warner Bros. Games, but ultimately, AT&T decided not to offload the gaming division. In an interview with gamesindustry.biz, Xbox boss Phil Spencer said, "We're always out there talking to people. But it has to be the right opportunity."

Are there any studios or developers you'd like to see Microsoft snap up? Let us know in the comments below.

In other industry news, Microsoft recently announced that Xbox Game Pass now has over 15 million subscribers — five million more people have signed up to the service since April.
Sean Carey
Written by Sean Carey
Hey, I’m Sean! I joined both TrueAchievements and TrueTrophies as a staff writer in 2019. I’m a big fan of the Metal Gear Solid series and love a good narrative adventure. Most evenings you’ll find me failing to get a win in Call of Duty: Warzone.