AT&T and Discovery have announced a new deal to spin off WarnerMedia into a new standalone media company — and that means that some WB Games studios might not come along for the ride.
Last year, it was reported that the entire WB Games division was being put up for sale. Aside from a number of regional studios such as WB Games San Diego and WB Games Montreal, the company also owns Rocksteady (Batman: Arkham Knight), NetherRealm Studios (Mortal Kombat 11), Monolith Productions (Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor), and TT Games (pretty much every major Lego game in recent memory). It seems like nothing came of that initial attempt to sell WB Games and its various studios — that is, until now.
Why WB Games Studios Might Be Split Up
CNN Business reports that AT&T and Discovery have announced a new deal. AT&T's WarnerMedia — which includes WB Games and all of its subsidiaries — will be spun off and merged with Discovery into a new media company. IGN's Julia Alexander had some details about what we can expect to happen as part of this deal.
"The sale includes some of Warner Bros. Interactive/Warner Bros. Games, but not all," she noted in a Twitter thread. Aside from the gaming companies, DC Comics and Rooster Teeth will be sold as well, although they might not become a part of Discovery.
"I'm asking about what games/studios are included in the sale and what aren't," Alexander continued. "I doubt they'll tell me. I suspect Rooster Teeth (and all internet-first brands) will likely be sold. Not because they're bad, (they're great!) but I don't know if Discovery wants to be in that world."
Although this deal has been announced, nothing is set in stone just yet. Federal regulators still need to approve the deal considering the size of these two massive media companies. We may see the sale happen as early as mid-2022 if it gets approved.
If it does indeed go through, we can't say for sure what will happen to the 11 WB Games subsidiaries. My guess is that the WB-branded studios will likely be kept together and the separate brands such as NetherRealm and Monolith may be sold off separately. We'll likely find out in the coming months as federal regulators evaluate the ins and outs of this proposal.
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