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SCi takeover hinted

EA and Warner eying British publisher

Eidos Interactive parent company SCi Entertainment have today revealed they are in talks with an unnamed company interested in taking over the hit UK publisher. The takeover talks were revealed in accordance with British stock market rules, which require a company to disclose such talks.

The statement from SCi on the matter stresses that talks at the "extremely preliminary" stage, and that no full offer for the firm may be forthcoming.

The full statement from SCI reads: "Following the recent speculation in the press, the board of SCi Entertainment Group confirms that it has received an approach and as a result has entered into extremely preliminary discussions regarding a possible offer for the Company. No proposal has been received at this time, however, and there can be no certainty that any offer for the Company will be made or as to the terms of any such offer were one to be made."

SCi was founded in 1988 and took over Eidos in 2005, the publisher instantly acquiring big licenses like Tomb Raider, Hitman and Championship Manager. Financial chatter speaks of the interested party being either EA or Warner Bros., with the latter having already purchased 10% of SCi's shares in December.

More news on this as we get it.