Bizarre mood lifts with several keen to buy

Bizarre mood lifts with several keen to buy

By Rob Crossley

November 17th 2010 at 4:50PM

Handful of firms declare interest in the Liverpool-based Blur studio, sources tell Develop

Staff at renowned Liverpool studio Bizarre Creations have spoken of a twenty-four-hour emotional rollercoaster as, as of this evening, it has emerged that several companies have shown interest in buying the Blur developer.

Last night Activision put Bizarre Creations up for sale – in a move that put the job security of 200 developers at serious risk.

This morning, one source from inside the studio told Develop that job cuts were highly likely.

That was the mood at the company until this afternoon, when studio management (and possibly Activision execs) held a second major meeting with staff.

“That meeting really lifted the mood here, I think, because we’ve been told that there’s multiple parties interested in buying us,” the anonymous source said.

“We are still on consultation for ninety days,” he added, “but things look much better than they did last night or this morning.”

“Things here are changing at such a quick pace.”
 
The source declined to name the interested parties, because – by his own admission – he doesn’t want to take risks by naming companies that seem eager to step in and save the studio.

Earlier today, in a separate conversation, a source at the studio was understood that Microsoft was already showing an interest in the company.

“Microsoft aren’t stupid,” he said, “they know we’re talented and have spoken to Activision about us.”

It is unclear, for now, whether Microsoft’s interest in the studio extends beyond hiring staff.