Sony is considering purchasing the Chinese firm Leyou

    
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Sony is considering purchasing the Chinese firm Leyou

You probably don’t think a whole lot about Leyou at this point, but you probably should; the holding company owns most of Digital Extremes of Warframe fame (Warfame), is behind the upcoming additional Lord of the Rings MMO, and apparently has plans for Transformers Online and Civilization Online. That’s an impressive lineup, which means that it makes a certain amount of sense for Sony to consider purchasing the firm outright.

The majority shareholder has been looking to sell the company and has been heavily in negotiations with iDreamSky, which includes investments from Tencent and thus would represent a different sort of consolidation. It’s unclear just what Sony would offer yet, but the company seems confident that it can attract shareholder Charles Yuk; success would put Sony back in the online game business after it divested itself of Daybreak Games (then Sony Online Entertainment) back around the founding of this specific site. Ain’t that a saga there.

Source: Bloomberg

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Mr.McSleaz

I never understood why Sony got out of the online games business in the first place.

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Does not check email

Sony doesn’t know what Sony wants to be. The corporation is a monster.

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bobfish

They periodically clear house, which means selling off the less profitable studios. Then they start up/buy a bunch of new ones and repeat the process.

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Bruno Brito

Sorry-not-sorry, Daybreak, the problem in that relationship really was you

I’ll blame Daybreak for everything bad in MMOs. They deserve it.

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Leo

Leyou feels like it’s had a pretty hands off approach to Digital Extremes (I could be wrong) so any change to that (with whomever buys them) does have me a bit in the realm of worried long term