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Virtual Legality Episode 89

Sony Buys Insomniac! Why the Acquisition Wars are Cause for Celebration

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Insomniac Games, makers of generational video game classics Spyro the Dragon, Ratchet and Clank, Resistance, and Hoeg Law's #3 2018 Game of the Year, Marvel's Spider-man, have thrown off their second party independence in favor of the warm first party embrace of Sony Interactive Entertainment.

What can we glean about the nature of the deal from news reports and press releases?

How does Sony's strategy compare to Microsoft's and Nintendo's? How does it differ?

And why might an acquisition of this type (along with what we have seen from Microsoft) signal a new golden age for the industry?

Buyers are always welcome...in Virtual Legality.

#Insomniac #Sony #VirtualLegality


Discussed in this episode:

"Sony Acquires Spider-Man PS4 Developer Insomniac Games"
IGN - August 19, 2019 - Jonathon Dornbush
(https://www.ign.com/articles/2019/08/19/sony-acquires-spider-man-ps4-developer-insomniac-games)

"Sony Interactive Entertainment To Acquire Insomniac Games, Developer Of PlayStation®4 Top-Selling Marvel's Spider-Man, Ratchet & Clank"
PR Newswire - August 19, 2019
(https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/sony-interactive-entertainment-to-acquire-insomniac-games-developer-of-playstation4-top-selling-marvels-spider-man-ratchet--clank-300903758.html)

"Microsoft May Let its Newly-Acquired Xbox Studios Make Multiplatform Games"
WCCFTECH - August 13, 2019 - Nathan Birch
(https://wccftech.com/microsoft-xbox-game-studios-multiplatform/)

"Virtual Legality #35 - Sony to Buy Rockstar (and Take Two)? The Legalities of Acquisition (Hoeg Law)"
(https://youtu.be/xVLHfsOGLk8)

"Hoeg Law Game of the Year 2018: #3 - Marvel's Spider-Man"
(https://youtu.be/IEEXw_F9_k0)


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"Virtual Legality" is a continuing series discussing the law, video games, software, and everything digital, hosted by Richard Hoeg, of the Hoeg Law Business Law Firm (Hoeg Law).

Rick has practiced for more than a decade at some of the country's largest law firms, representing IT, software, video game, and other technology companies, as well as the individuals and institutions which fund them.

DISCUSSION IS PROVIDED FOR INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY AND IS NOT TO BE CONSTRUED AS LEGAL ADVICE. INDIVIDUALS INTERESTED IN THE LEGAL TOPICS DISCUSSED IN THIS VIDEO SHOULD CONSULT WITH THEIR OWN COUNSEL.

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