Take-Two and Zynga will merge on May 23 in one the games industry’s biggest ever deals.
The stockholders of each organisation approved all proposals related to the combination of the companies on Thursday.
Shares of Zynga will cease trading after the market closes on Friday and it will no longer be listed on the NASDAQ exchange.
UPDATE 23/05/22: Take-Two and Zynga have officially merged.
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It will be the biggest completed acquisition in the history of the games industry, although it’s set to be dwarfed by Microsoft’s planned acquisition of Activision Blizzard for $68.7 billion, a deal which the Xbox maker claimed this week is moving relatively quickly.
From Monday, Take-Two’s blockbuster console and PC franchises like Grand Theft Auto, Borderlands, NBA 2K and BioShock will be brought under the same roof as Zynga’s hugely popular social gaming brands including FarmVille and Words With Friends.
Take-Two CEO Strauss Zelnick has said that Zynga’s expertise could help it drive its free-to-play and cross-platform ambitions, and bring its console and PC properties to mobile.
“We believe that our combination with Zynga will be transformative for our company as we create a powerful and diverse portfolio of industry-leading titles, while also becoming a leader in mobile games,” Zelnick said on Thursday.
Zynga CEO Frank Gibeau added: “We are excited to be one step closer to combining Zynga’s free-to-play expertise and next-generation mobile platform with Take-Two’s best-in-class capabilities and renowned intellectual properties.”