Originally by: Troy LS
This is the obligatory denial of merger rumor speech. If the rumor was allowed to spread, it would affect stock prices and jeopardize the deal. They'll deny it until the day it happens. Prepare for more *hit from hilmer's *ss/mouth.
Im not saying one way or the other. Im just a player, who liked playing the Old Eve. And hopes the game goes back to pre-Incarna atmosphere. Im just a hypothesizer :) I dont know anything you dont know.
Turbine DENIED going F2P all the way to the day it happen. Turbine denied all rumors of their being bought out by the WB. Vehemently denied. Attacked people on the forums who suggested it. The forums were still filled with denials when the news hit. "The WB buys Turbine outright."
Whats more, it happend right AFTER they did all their F2P stuff.
Alot of the static AFTER the F2P debacle and subsequent BUYOUT had to do with the possible Conditions of the buyout.
Turn yer game F2P, retain X amount of Subs, and we will buy into your company.
turbines F2P transition, from an industry perspective, went very very well.
Shortly thereafter the WB bought Turbine outright.
A Company DOES NOT need to be publicly traded to be SOLD. A Company does not need to be publicly traded to bring in Large Investors.
Granted, Turbine is an awesome company, Some of the dev teams are just Industry leaders in customer service and Dev-to-Player relations. Really, Turbine leads the industry in many ways. And fails in many others. But, mmorpg companies arent strictly composed of Developers and Q&A's and GM's. They have CEO's, Accountants, PR people, all those jobs that have nothing to do with an mmorpg game.
Companies will never outright say "Yeah, our company is going to fundamentaly change in massive way.... decide if you want to stay...."
WHats more. And this is just hypothetical, what if they are OUTRIGHT lieing? And someone did buy ccp outright tomorrow? The next day, they release a statement, "new management". WHo are you mad at for the lie? the old CCP, not the new company and new management.
WHats morer, none of the statements released categoricaly demonstrate in an all inclusive way that the claims are false. Or at least not in the right ballpark.
Again, im just hypotheszing. I have ZERO knowledge about whats actualy going on at CCP or SONY. It very well might not happen. Maybe everything will stay the same. I dunno.
In any case, there are rumors about this whole mess, other messes, different messes, rumors about everythign and anything, hundreds of rumors.