Microsoft Gaming CEO Phil Spencer has expressed his desire to acquire Nintendo in leaked documents from the FTC v. Microsoft lawsuit. In an email to top Microsoft marketing executives, Spencer referred to Nintendo as “THE prime asset for us in Gaming” and believed that acquiring Nintendo would be a significant move for both companies.
The leaked emails showcased an executive, Takeshi Numoto, questioning why Microsoft wasn’t pursuing acquisition targets like Nintendo to increase their consumer exposure and relevance. Spencer responded by mentioning the ongoing discussions with the leadership team at Nintendo, highlighting Microsoft’s advantageous position for collaboration.
Furthermore, Spencer mentioned that Microsoft’s board of directors had reviewed information on both Nintendo and Valve, expressing their full support for any potential opportunities with these companies. This indicates the seriousness of Microsoft’s interest in expanding its gaming portfolio.
These leaked documents also shed light on Microsoft’s active merger and acquisition discussions at the time, including ZeniMax Media (which was announced a month later) and Warner Brothers Interactive (which ultimately did not materialize). Previous leaks from the case had revealed Microsoft’s consideration of acquiring other studios such as Bungie (now owned by Sony), Sega, and Square Enix.
While these documents provide insight into Microsoft’s strategic plans and ambitions, it is important to note that they do not guarantee any future acquisitions. However, the interest in acquiring Nintendo demonstrates Microsoft’s commitment to strengthening its position in the gaming industry.
In conclusion, the leaked documents from the FTC v. Microsoft lawsuit reveal Microsoft Gaming CEO Phil Spencer’s strong interest in acquiring Nintendo. While the outcome of any potential acquisition remains uncertain, this development signifies Microsoft’s determination to expand its presence in the gaming market.
– FTC: Federal Trade Commission
– M&A: Merger and Acquisition
– Jay Peters, The Verge