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Comic for: April 10th, 2007
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Gaming News: "If you can't beat 'em..."
Posted: Tuesday April 10th, 2007 by

A report at Reuters indicates that EA is looking to buy a 19% stake in The9 Ltd., the Chinese online game operator that offer's World of Warcraft in China. The deal seems centered around bringing EA sports titles to China, but would also give EA a minor gaming foothold in the country.
Source: Reuters [ more info ]

Forgive me if my comic is rumor-mongering, hyperbole. There is no indication, as far as I can tell, that EA is considering a stake in The9 for the purposes of getting their hands on some of the profit surrounding World of Warcraft. And despite the reports at Reuters, I can't find any official word from EA that they ARE buying a stake in The9. I hate the idea of passing on a well-cited rumor, but I couldn't resist the joke. If I could get my hands on some of the WoW money, I'd be all over it. And I don't exactly think EA needs to "beat" Blizzard.

As a side note, the guy in the suit there is my interpretation of John Riccitiello who took over as EA CEO when Larry Probst stepped down. Riccitiello served as EA's president and CEO until he resigned to co-found Elevation Partners.

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