WB Games boss says division has ‘critically important’ role to play amid internal changes

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

In a new interview with Axios Gaming, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment boss 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 and have garnered solid reviews.

According to Haddad, the division is profitable and doesn’t seem likely to suffer the kind of layoffs and cancellations that have plagued other parts of WB Discovery.

“I think, especially going forward, that we have a critically important role to play within the company,” Haddad said.

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

This would appear to temporarily put an end to rumors that studios within WB Games, which include NetherRealm and Rocksteady, were up for sale following the WB Discovery merger. Xbox and PlayStation were rumored to be among the groups interested in such an acquisition. Previous owner AT&T reportedly tried to sell WB Games for $4 billion in 2020.

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

Meanwhile, WB Games continues to push forward 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 on IGN First, is the next game from WB. It will be out for PC, PS5 and Xbox Series X|S on October 21.

Kat Bailey is a Senior News Editor at IGN and a co-host of Nintendo Voice Chat. Do you have a tip? Send a DM to @the_katbot.

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