Take-Two puts on its poker face
2k sports, the sports division of TAKE-TWO Interactive's publishing label 2'k games announced recently that it had signed an exclusive licensing agreement with WPT Enterprises to make games based off of the World Poker Tour show. The console, PC, and handheld versions of the game are in development at Coresoft and Backbone studios.
"The World Poker Tour is fast becoming one of the most recognizable properties in entertainment," said Steve Glickstein, Vice President of Publishing for 2K Sports. "We are very excited to be partnering with WPT Enterprises, Inc. to bring everyone's favorite poker show into the virtual world of interactive gaming. Poker is one of the world's most popular pastimes and a natural fit for our lineup."
"This agreement with 2K Sports takes the World Poker Tour into people's homes in a truly interactive manner," said WPT Enterprises founder and President Steve Lipscomb. "Gamers will have a chance to feel the exhilaration that our WPT players do when they grab one of those monster pots. We are looking forward to having our WPT brand available on the world's most popular game platforms."
This is the fourth major acquisition for the nascent 2K Games, which has acquired exclusive rights to the anticipated Civilization IV and Elder Scrolls IV along with exclusive third-party Major League Baseball game rights.