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SEGA Going Solo - Sammy and Namco Mergers Called Off

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The crazy rollercoaster that is SEGA's love-triangle merger may well be coming to an end - and an end that nobody really saw coming at that. Is it going to be Sammy that SEGA merges with? Or Namco? Turns out, it's probably going to be neither of them!

On the one side, it sounds like Namco got tired of waiting for an answer from SEGA about whether it wanted to merge with the company or not, and decided to withdraw its offer after all. The Japanese newspaper Nihon Keizai Shimbun reports that, because SEGA "wasn't able to give a specific answer to its offer, Namco has dropped its proposal and SEGA has announced that merger talks have concluded."

On the other side, SEGA also announced that it had broken off merger talks with Sammy as well. So now it seems like SEGA won't be merging with any company at all and will continue to go it alone.

An article on Gamers.com says, "SEGA would have continued to consider Namco's offer, but Namco, which had asked for an answer by the end of the week, apparently considered that response unsatisfactory.

"Namco said that it may consider a merger in the future at Sega's instigation, but Sega responded that it will not pursue such a course. Thus, it appears that Sega will no longer merge with anyone, at least in the near term. At a press conference announcing Sega's current course, president Hideki Sato declined to comment on any other potential future deals -- including a rumored capital investment by Electronic Arts."

So, after all of that... SEGA is going to make it on its own! Hooray!

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