After EA announced that it had finally given up its bid
for Take-Two Interactive yesterday, Reuters
reports that Take-Two's stock has dropped nearly 30% in early trading this morning. EA's $25.74 hostile bid
had been rejected numerous times by Take-Two's board and investors. The stock (as of this writing) is currently down over $5 to around $16.50 per share.
Take-Two chief Strauss Zelnick isn't sweating, apparently, as he maintains that the company has "strategic alternatives." Speculation has that slowing sales
of GTA IV
may have futzed with Take-Two's negotiating position with EA. Meanwhile, UBS analyst Ben Schachter believes Ubisoft could be waiting for its chance at nabbing the company.