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  • Wednesday, 02 Mar 2005

HONG KONG: Microsoft Corp has been knocked out of the hotly contested arena of sports computer games, clearing the way for a three-way fight between traditional games publishers, the Financial Times reported. 

The report quoted Ubisoft as saying it would buy the technology, tools and source code shipped in Microsoft Game Studios’ team sports games, including the NHL Rivals hockey game, gridiron football’s NFL Fever, basketball’s NBA Inside Drive and the MLB Inside Pitch baseball game. 

Ubisoft had also signalled its intent to rival the two major competitors in the field – publisher Take-Two and the world’s top games publisher, Electronic Arts, the report added. – AFX-Asia 

NEW YORK: The North American unit of Germany’s SAP AG, the world’s biggest maker of business software, is to buy US retail software maker Retek Inc for US$496mil in cash. 

SAP and Retek said in a joint statement that the latter’s board had approved the merger and had unanimously recommended it to shareholders. – Reuters 

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