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Microsoft Considered a SEGA Buyout

Friday, February 8th, 2013

Ex Microsoft executive Joachim Kempin has revealed that at one point Microsoft considered buying out SEGA before licensing out Windows CE for use in SEGA’s Dreamcast:

“There was always talk maybe we buy Sega or something like that. That never materialised, but we were actually able to license them what they call Windows CE, the younger brother of Windows, to run on their system and make that their platform.”

Ultimately, Bill Gates pushed to launch a console of his own and the original X-Box was born:

“For Bill this wasn’t enough, he didn’t think that Sega had enough muscle to eventually stop Sony so we did our own Xbox thing. There were some talks but it never materialised because Sega was a very different bird. It was always Sony and Nintendo, right? And Nintendo had some financial trouble at that point in time, so Sony came out with the PlayStation and bang! They took off, and everyone else was left behind.”

[Source: Eurogamer]

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