One of the most amusing takeaways from Microsoft’s leaked court documents is their hopes for further acquisitions. They’re a bit pie in the sky, to say the least.
Like quite a few aspiring cyberpunk megacorporations, Microsoft has been scooping up whatever companies it can to bolster its gaming division and gain an advantage over its competitors. This ran into a snag with trying to acquire Activision Blizzard, as some lawmakers have raised an eyebrow at what seems to be a growing monopoly. That purchase may be inevitable, but leaked documents show that it wasn’t Microsoft’s biggest ambition.
In a leaked 2020 email (preserved by Resetera), around the time they bought Zenimax, Phil Spencer discussed Microsoft’s hopes to buy Nintendo, Valve, and Warner Bros.’ game division. This doesn’t really suggest they came close to any of these purchases, merely that they had the go-ahead to seek the opportunity. It discusses buying shares of Nintendo, and the issues around the potential deal with WB.
“They of course have to be willing to sell… and they have to see us as a top company to sell to,” replied Chris Capossela. Wow, that certainly does seem obvious. I would hope Phil Spencer doesn’t need someone to explain that to him.
“At some point, getting Nintendo would be a career moment, and I honestly believe a good move for both companies,” Phil stated at the end of his email. Sure, Phil. Sure.
This isn’t the first time Microsoft had its eyes on acquiring Nintendo. Back when they first decided to get into the console market, they apparently approached Nintendo in hopes of acquiring them. It didn’t go well. According to Kevin Bacchus, former director of third-party relations, “Like, imagine an hour of somebody just laughing at you.Read more on destructoid.com