Activision’s Bid on ID

Source: CVG
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Court papers reveal that Activision were willing to cough up 5m for id and its major franchises. Activision apparently attempted to buy id Software, the developers behind the Doom and Quake series, last year for a reported 5m.

How do we know? Well the details have come to light in a lawsuit filed by one of id's co-founders Adrian Carmack, who claims he was unfairly dismissed from the Texan developer.

Id which is famously and fiercely independent, is run by a small group of directors and has long resisted the advances of potential suitors. However last year it was subject to a bid of 5m from its long time publishing partner Activision, which apparently offered m for the Doom, Quake and Wolfenstein franchises plus a further m to buy the developer outright.

With a bunch of original titles like Doom SE for PS3, Quake IV and of course new co-op produced franchises like Quake Wars Enemy Territory, id will likely be glad to maintain its independence and in the wider scheme of things, we have to say it's probably a good thing.

When larger companies swallow up independent developers, it never quite seems to work and they rarely produce the same decent games again (mentioning no names here but we're sure you can fill in your own).

Independence for id equals good thing.

Source: CVG
Id_logo

Court papers reveal that Activision were willing to cough up 5m for id and its major franchises. Activision apparently attempted to buy id Software, the developers behind the Doom and Quake series, last year for a reported 5m.

How do we know? Well the details have come to light in a lawsuit filed by one of id's co-founders Adrian Carmack, who claims he was unfairly dismissed from the Texan developer.

Id which is famously and fiercely independent, is run by a small group of directors and has long resisted the advances of potential suitors. However last year it was subject to a bid of 5m from its long time publishing partner Activision, which apparently offered m for the Doom, Quake and Wolfenstein franchises plus a further m to buy the developer outright.

With a bunch of original titles like Doom SE for PS3, Quake IV and of course new co-op produced franchises like Quake Wars Enemy Territory, id will likely be glad to maintain its independence and in the wider scheme of things, we have to say it's probably a good thing.

When larger companies swallow up independent developers, it never quite seems to work and they rarely produce the same decent games again (mentioning no names here but we're sure you can fill in your own).

Independence for id equals good thing.