Microsoft once wanted to acquire Sega, but Bill Gates didn’t go through with it
Sony and Microsoft are on an equal playing field now.
Joachim Kempin, who has leaked a lot of things about Microsoft’s past, has revealed why Microsoft didn’t want to acquire Sega even though they had earlier planned of it.
He said that Sega lacked the muscle, after he had revealed that the only reason why Microsoft entered the gaming industry was to stop Sony.
It could mean that they didn’t have enough high selling IPs required to push a console and after Bill Gates thought the acquisition wouldn’t help them, they created their own product, Xbox.
“There was always talk maybe we buy SEGA or something like that; that never materialised, but we were actually able to license them what they call Windows CE, the younger brother of Windows, to run on their system and make that their platform,” he told IGN.
“But for Bill [Gates] this wasn’t enough, he didn’t think that SEGA had enough muscle to eventually stop Sony so we did our own Xbox thing.
“There were some talks but it never materialised because SEGA was a very different bird. It was always Sony and Nintendo, right? And Nintendo had some financial trouble at that point in time, so Sony came out with the PlayStation and bang! They took off, and everyone else was left behind.”
The Xbox brand is quite settled right now with rumours of Durango aka the Xbox 720 releasing this year, it should be interesting how the next generation plays out.
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