Podcast: Sony’s $3.6B Bungie deal, explained

The latest jaw-dropping deal in video games is Sony Interactive Entertainment’s agreement to buy Bellevue, Wash.-based Bungie, maker of the Destiny series of online multiplayer first-person shooter games, originally known for developing the blockbuster Halo series for Microsoft’s Xbox.

Bungie was spun out of Microsoft in 2007 and has operated as an independent company in the meantime. It’s expected to be an independent Sony Interactive Entertainment subsidiary and continue to operate under its current management.

The company, which is currently expanding its downtown Bellevue headquarters, is promising to grow its 900-person employee base and move into new areas of entertainment as a result of the Sony deal.

Games writer Thomas Wilde joins us on this special episode of the GeekWire Podcast to explain what the deal means for Sony, Bungie, Microsoft and the world of video games at large. 

The announcement Monday morning came two weeks after Microsoft struck a $68.7 billion deal for Activision Blizzard, the Call of Duty and Candy Crush maker. 

Listen above, or subscribe to GeekWire wherever you listen.

See also  Microsoft Gaming head confirms Activision’s ‘Call of Duty’ will keep coming to PlayStation

Related Posts

Amazon’s business secrets: Former insiders explain how the tech giant really works in new book

How will Amazon maintain its culture as it approaches 1.3 million employees and prepares for its founder Jeff Bezos to step down as CEO? One answer is…

How to upgrade democracy: Former Microsoft executive Jon DeVaan’s primer on political reform

The Jan. 6 breach and riot on the U.S. Capitol, and the bigger effort to overturn the outcomes of the election, have introduced new consideration to the…

Bill Gates on his high-risk climate investments, and spurring innovation to save the planet

Bill Gates’ new book, “How to Avoid a Climate Disaster, is due out Tuesday. He spoke with GeekWire in advance of its release. (John Keatley Photo) Breakthrough…

Amazon vs. Shopify: What the tech giant’s latest deal says about its larger retail ambitions

GeekWire Illustration When Jeff Bezos named e-commerce software company Shopify as an example of Amazon’s growing competition in his testimony to a U.S. House antitrust subcommittee last…

Inside Amazon’s ‘Labor Awakening’: Journalist Erika Hayasaki on her New York Times Magazine story

A delivery driver loads packages at an Amazon distribution facility. (Amazon Photo) What happens when Amazon becomes an integral part of the economy and culture of a…

Roblox, GitHub and the power of online communities: A discussion with Madrona’s Dan Li

Online communities have existed since the dawn of the Internet age. And yet over the past 15 years as massive communities such as Facebook, Pinterest, Reddit and…

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *