Take-Two, which is still a target for Electronic Arts, has still not managed to complete negotiations with BioShock
main-man, Ken Levine.
Levine founded System Shock
devs Irrational Games, which has now become part of the Take-Two subsidiary 2K Game. Now, according to The New York Post
(so, pinches of salt all around), Levine is in negotiation for a contract that, "...could include the potential to earn points - much like actors do with movies - based on how much business the next installment of BioShock
and any other games that he develops produce."
Apparently this is, " meant to atone for the fact that Levine's salary and bonus won't rise to the level of the two creators of Grand Theft Aut
o at Rockstar Games." Rockstar is, of course, also owned by Take-Two Interactive.The Post
also adds 'a source' telling it, "But BioShock
isn't Grand Theft Auto
. It's not even in the same universe."
Whatever the case regarding the negotiation, one fact is unquestionable and that is that even with EA's $25.74 (£12.50) per share bid for Take-Two still on the table, the latter's actual share price has been in decline for some weeks.
Since a high (closing price) of $27.65 (£13) on June 6th, the price on NASDAQ has taken a downward slope, closing on with it's opening this morning being below the EA bid at $23.80 (£11.75).Sources:
New York Post
Silicon Valley Insider