Microsoft is reportedly trying to buy some of the biggest names in the gaming world, including Nintendo, with mac to create custom games for the original Xbox.
In a new report from Bloomberg, most Microsoft employees outlined their attempts to acquire companies such as Nintendo, EA and Square Enix in the time it took to launch the console, according to GamesRadar’s report.
Announcing Xbox in 2000, Microsoft was looking for games and developers to make them for the new game console. According to Bob McBreen, head of business development at the time, “the first company we reached to buy was EA.” This offer was met with a quick “‘no thanks”, so Microsoft turned its attention to the Japanese giant Nintendo.
Kevin Bachus, director of third-party relations for the console, said, “Steve [Ballmer, eski Microsoft CEO’su]took us to see Nintendo to see if they would consider buying it. ” said. It seems that this conversation didn’t go too well: “They just laughed with their asses. Imagine someone laughing at you for an hour. That meeting passed like this. “
Square Enix was on the List
Bloomberg’s report also cites unsuccessful attempts to acquire Square Enix and Mortal Kombat developer Midway. While the first told Microsoft that its price was too low, the second was still in agreement with PlayStation. Finally a success came for Microsoft. By creating one of the most successful and enduring series on Xbox, they managed to buy Halo developer Bungie.
While the acquisition of a company as big as Nintendo was unthinkable in the early days of the Xbox, Microsoft’s Zenimax Media acquisition announced last year and expected to be completed in a few months brought Bethesda, Arkane and ID Software into the Xbox family.