USA Today released important information today that allegedly violated the publisher’s standards.
It is no secret that many companies have shown interest in buying Electronic Arts. The video game giant, after several years full of disappointments, is hanging on by a thread. Therefore, companies such as Apple and Disney, among others, have shown their interest in buying the company.
However, today there are two new protagonists in this story: Amazon and USA Today. The American newspaper reported strong rumors of Amazon buying EA. And after a news update, this information may have been accidentally “confirmed.”
A report that has shaken the industry
USA Today has shared a report of virtually “confirmed” rumors of Amazon’s possible purchase of EA. In the previous update to the article published this morning, USA Today claimed that this move was aimed at the transmedia potential of EA’s library.
“It’s a smart move by Amazon, which is making big strides in television. After the success of The Witcher and Arcane on Netflix, both series based on big video games, Amazon could tap EA’s licenses for new series. Mass Effect, Dragon Age, Dead Space… There’s a lot of transmedia potential in EA’s library,” they shared this morning in the article.
Geoff Keighley even shared this information on Twitter, which suggests that this is a move that has been expected in the industry for some time.
“Violated our editorial standards regarding the use of unnamed and unvetted sources”
At 10:37 a.m. ET, the USA Today article was modified to state a new position on the article. Although the previous version gave many statements that could be considered factual, it turned out not to be so – or so we are led to believe.
“Earlier today, GLHF – a gaming/e-sports outlet and content partner of For The Win – ran a version of this story on our website that violated our editorial standards regarding the use of unnamed and unvetted sources. We have updated this story to remove all mention of those sources,” the updated story says.
This update followed another report shared by CNBC. The American television financial news network shared on its Twitter account that this move would not be made today.
By saying that the move would not be made “today,” the USA Today news story and Geoff Keighley’s tweet give us a lot to think about. It may be that this purchase is imminent, but the USA Today report has complicated things. It is expected that in the coming hours or days, we may learn more information regarding this. In the meantime, we will be sitting on the couch eating popcorn while watching amusedly.