Game development

WB Discovery is selling its game studios

Warner Bros. Discovery is looking to sell Rocksteady, Netherrealm, Monolith and their other game development studios. Microsoft and Sony are said to be among interested parties.

The game development studios behind the Batman Arkham, Middle Earth and Mortal Kombat series may soon have a new parent company as Warner Bros. Discovery is reportedly looking to sell its games division.

This is according to Gamebyte’s Imran Khan

who claims to have heard rumors this week on WB Discovery “shopping around their game development studios”.

Apparently, Sony and Microsoft are among the interested parties while EA, Take-Two, Tencent, Netease and PUBG Corp are also monitoring the situation closely.

The game studios of WB Games have a total of eleven subsidiaries including huge studios like NetherRealm, Rocksteady, WB Games Montreal, Monolith Productions and Avalanche Software.

List of Warner Bros. game studios. Discovery:

  • Avalanche Software (Hogwarts Legacy)
  • Monolith Productions (Middle-earth, FEAR)
  • NetherRealm Studios (Mortal Kombat)
  • Portkey Games (Hogwarts Legacy)
  • Rocksteady Studios (Batman Arkham, Suicide Squad)
  • TT Games (LEGO)
  • WB Games Boston (F2P and mobile games)
  • WB Games Montreal (Batman Arkham, Gotham Knights)
  • WB Games New York (gaming systems)
  • WB San Diego Games
  • WB Games San Francisco (mobile games)

Solid as a rock

Warner Bros. Discovery also seeks to license its intellectual property to other publishers

In addition to selling their studios, Warner Bros. Discovery would seek to license other publishers, similar to how Marvel does with its own IP.

This would mean that Warner Bros. Discovery will not be selling intellectual property rights for games with their studios, which is somewhat expected.

This could potentially become a major hurdle for potential deals, as it was previously said that Microsoft was interested in acquiring WB Games but was unable to obtain the video game IP addresses, so the deal has failed.

Overall, it will be interesting to see if Warner Bros. Discovery ends up selling its game studios and to whom.