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WB Games Chief Says Division Has ‘Critically Important’ Role to Play Amid Internal Shakeups

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It’s been a rough time for Warner Bros. Discovery, which has dealt with delays and cancellations amid the fallout from its merger, but at least one divison appears to still doing well.

In a new interview with Axios Gaming, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment chief David Haddad touted the divisions recent successes, which include Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga and Multiversus. Both games have managed to sell tens of millions of units while garnering solid reviews.

According to Haddad, the division is profitable and does not look likely to suffer the sort of layoffs and cancellations that have impacted other parts of WB Discovery.

“I do believe, especially moving forward, that we have a critically important role to play inside the company,” Haddad said.

According to Haddad, WB Discovery has expressed “a strong belief in the growth of the games business and being part of that overall company strategy.”

This would seem to temporarily put to rest rumors that studios within WB Games — which include the likes of NetherRealm and Rocksteady — were for sale following WB Discovery’s merger. Xbox and PlayStation were rumored to be among the groups interested in such an acquisition. Previous owner AT&T reportedly attempted to sell WB Games for $4 billion in 2020.

WB Games has been a relative bright spot in what has otherwise been a difficult year for WB Discovery. In early August, WB Discovery stunned Hollywood by unexpectedly cancelling Batgirl, yanking dozens of shows off HBO Max, and effectively killing the Arrowverse. The backlash has been intense as creators and fans alike have spoken out against what they perceive to the heavy-handed decisions by CEO David Zaslav, who has been outspoken in his desire to build WB’s own version of the MCU.

WB Games, meanwhile, continues to move ahead with multiple high-profile projects including Hogwarts Legacy, Wonder Woman, and Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League. Gotham Knights, which we’ve been covering all month via IGN First, is WB’s next game. It’s due out on PC, PS5, and Xbox Series X|S on October 21.

Kat Bailey is a Senior News Editor at IGN as well as co-host of Nintendo Voice Chat. Have a tip? Send her a DM at @the_katbot.


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