Why Warner Bros and Bandai Namco?
31.01.2013 @ 01:52 #1
One thing I wonder, why does the Warner Bros logo show up in the beginning of the trailers from The Witcher EE? Is it some kind of cooperation going on, because I haven't heard anything about it
And what was it with Bandai Namco?
Would be great with an explanation and if there already is a topic similar to this please tell me
31.01.2013 @ 02:04 #2
EU: Namco Bandai Games
AU: Atari, Inc
NA: Warner Bros. Interactive
EU: Namco Bandai Games
AU: Warner Bros. Interactive
31.01.2013 @ 02:13 #4
Almost Everywhere Else: Namco Bandai
Almost Everywhere else: Namco Bandai
There's a few local arrangements, like Russia, but Namco Bandai's region includes Australia.
As others said, it's purely a distribution agreement, they have no influence over the game. Namco Bandai took CDPR to court to try to have the right to include DRM on the PC retail version and lost.
31.01.2013 @ 02:17 #5
31.01.2013 @ 02:21 #6
I guess that depends on whether or not CDPR still want to do business with them after that court case. Maybe they'll just move all of the NA business over to Warner.
31.01.2013 @ 02:45 #7
I'm not sure Namco Bandai is affected by the Atari affair; they bought out Atari's Europe operations in 2009.
The Leftpondian side of this case is a strategic bankruptcy by Atari US. It's aimed at getting Atari US assets out of the hands of Atari SA before they sink and take the US company down with it. Atari US has already secured funds to continue operations.
US companies pull stunts like this pretty often. Bankruptcy is used as a means of getting out from under onerous contracts or arranging a sale of assets free of inconvenient debts. It does not mean the company is going to cease operation.
As for Atari SA, the French parent, French bankruptcy law is also favorable to bankrupt companies and favors doing what can be done to maintain the bankrupt company as a going concern in the hands of present management (a "continuation plan") or the hands of a willing buyer (a "transfer plan"). A company that shows no prospect of being rehabilitated in these ways will be liquidated.
So this isn't automatically a smoke signal that spells out "Atari is going down now". But Atari SA is having difficulty raising capital from anybody at all, and unlike THQ, neither company has much in the way of attractive assets, so they may well cease operations before the end of the year.
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