It’s an industry story that just won’t go away. And judging by comments from Take-Two COO Karl Slatoff, the publisher is quite happy for the rumours to persist.
While on the one hand saying that Take-Two works well as an independent publisher, in an interview with IndustryGamers Slatoff said that he thinks the company would be an attractive prospect for many of its rivals.
"I would agree with the analysts that you’re referring to, that our IP obviously makes us a very attractive investment for anybody,” he stated.
“Whether it’s a separate company or an individual investor, an institutional investor or a retail investor. I do think we have the best IP out there and we’re continuing to invest in it. And that’s our strategy.
"At the core of it, we believe that the most value that you can create in an organization – an entertainment organization – is to build franchise value. And the way to build franchise value - at least our approach to building franchise value – is to go for quality in triple-A development versus quantity.
“And I think we’ve proven that we’ve been able to create these franchises and they go from generation to generation.
“But in terms of remaining independent or not independent, I think we’re a fantastic company as an independent company and we’ve shown our ability to thrive in that environment. But, like I said before, we’re a great investment for any kind of investor, in my opinion.”