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Embracer's troubles continue as they may sell off Borderlands dev Gearbox

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Embracer Group got a little too big it seems, and there's no such thing as too big to fail. After shutting down Volition, it appears Embracer may be about to sell off Borderlands developer Gearbox.

Originally reported by Reuters, which has now been backed up by Bloomberg who have seen an internal Gearbox email talking about it. It doesn't seem like they've settled on anything right now though, they're exploring what options they have.

This is all after Embracer Group announced a big restructuring program after a previous $2 billion deal they were clearly banking on didn't happen. Turns out that deal was with the Saudi government-funded Savvy Games Group, as reported by Axios.

Pictured - Borderlands 3, Gearbox Software

That's not all, as Rainbow Studios developer of the MX vs ATV series has also been hit by layoffs as Embracer continue cutting costs as confirmed by(1) multiple(2) staffers(3) on their LinkedIn pages.

This is part of the problem with the massive consolidation of the games industry. These big funding groups buy up various developers and publishers which often control numerous other developers and publishers. So when there's a problem at the top, any studio below can be on the chopping block.

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based Sep 12, 2023
Oh, another Microsoft studio
motang Sep 12, 2023
Quoting: basedOh, another Microsoft studio
I sure hope not.
omer666 Sep 12, 2023
Quoting: basedOh, another Microsoft studio
I thought studios bought by Microsoft were more about seeing their creators depart willingly, cf. Rare, Lionhead, Bungie...
Linux_Rocks Sep 12, 2023
shibuya Sep 13, 2023
Guess they'll have to let a few things go
Pecisk Sep 16, 2023
Quoting: basedOh, another Microsoft studio

Depends what they are cooking. I feel Microsoft will get very selective about their purchases from now on, as investors might want to see payout than splashing money around (although Microsoft is unique case here).

If Gearbox does not have solid titles in pipeline, most likely not. I wouldn't be surprised that it will be disbanded as well. market state considering.
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Borderlands? It would be fitting for Lionhead Studios to come from the grave and take it over.
based Sep 17, 2023
Quoting: Pecisk
Quoting: basedOh, another Microsoft studio

Depends what they are cooking. I feel Microsoft will get very selective about their purchases from now on, as investors might want to see payout than splashing money around (although Microsoft is unique case here).

If Gearbox does not have solid titles in pipeline, most likely not. I wouldn't be surprised that it will be disbanded as well. market state considering.

I was joking lol, I hope it doesn't happen
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