The Japanese giant has announced that it will take a minority stake in the capital of the American video game publisher. Their collaboration will focus on the Fortnite shooter and digital entertainment, said Sony CEO Kenichiro Yoshida.
Sony has announced an investment of 250 million dollars (about 235 million francs) to take a minority share in the capital of the American video game publisher Epic Games, creator of the ultra-popular online game Fortnite.
The investment “cements an already close relationship” between the two companies, which plan to expand their collaboration, according to a joint statement released on Thursday.
“We will explore opportunities to further collaborate with Epic (…), not only in video games but also in the rapidly changing world of digital entertainment” in the broadest sense, said Sony CEO Kenichiro Yoshida, quoted in the communicated.
A true global phenomenon, Fortnite is a shooter game with more than 350 million registered players.
Sony, meanwhile, is preparing to launch its new PlayStation 5 console at the end of this year, a highly anticipated event in the world of video games.
Investors welcomed its merger with Epic Games: Friday at 02:30 GMT (04:30 in Switzerland) the Sony action took 2.69% to 7880 yen on the Tokyo Stock Exchange, while the star index Nikkei was down 0, 23%.
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