Namco Bandai Lining up Infogrames Purchase?

Companies form 'strategic partnership'

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Namco Bandai Lining up Infogrames Purchase?
Namco Bandai has bought a 34% stake in the distribution business of Atari's parent company, Infogrames. The two companies are calling the deal a ?strategic partnership?, but it could be the first step towards a buyout of Infogrames by the Asian publisher.

The two companies state that under the terms of the deal, ?Infogrames has agreed to regroup its distribution operations into a standalone entity with exclusive physical packaged-goods distribution rights for video games produced by Namco Bandai and Infogrames within Infogrames? European and Asian territories.?

The key point in the announcement, however, is the fact that until June 2012 Infogrames will retain a put option ("If anybody else comes in for us, we want you to buy the rest of our shares now!") to sell the remaining 66% of the newly-formed company to Namco Bandai.

Similarly, Namco Bandai will have a call option ("If anybody else comes in for you, we want to buy the rest of your shares now!") in the same period. Looks like decent groundwork of an all-out sale to us.

The companies have agreed that, for the purpose of the put and call options, the value of the newly-formed entity is between ?60 million (48 million) and ?190 million (152.6 million).

Infogrames' development and publishing business will be unaffected, meaning it should be business as usual at Atari.

The companies said they will both benefit from the expanded distribution network.

Infogrames has distributed Namco Bandai titles such as the Naruto games through Atari in Europe in the past. The Asian company frequently calls on other publishers to deal with its titles over here and will be strengthened as a result of the Infogrames deal.

Comments

SuperSaiyan4 9 Sep 2008 12:28
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blah blah blah blah...Where are the games? Where are the DECENT games??
OptimusP 9 Sep 2008 22:11
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SuperSaiyan4 wrote:
blah blah blah blah...Where are the games? Where are the DECENT games??

Between 1985 and 1999... after that some idiots figured having generic space marines fighting generic aliens with mattel produced guns would be fun.
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Abaddon 9 Sep 2008 22:34
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@Optimus

Damn Accurate Observation
Joji 10 Sep 2008 00:50
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An interesting development. I can smell some interesting games in the works, I pray they'll produce something better than more AitD games.

Does this mean we'll actually see Namco vs Capcom finally hit PS2 in the west, before it dies here?
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