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Take Two CEO on EA: 'I Don't Engage in Regrets'
CNBC.com | June 10, 2009 | 04:37 PM EDT

While it owns one of the most successful franchises in gaming, Take Two Interactive Software has taken its share of hits over the past year.

After rejecting an unsolicited takeover offer from Electronic Arts, the company has seen its share price fall more 50 percent. It’s often viewed as a one-trick pony, overly reliant on its "Grand Theft Auto" franchise. And the last two games bearing the "GTA" name haven't been the blockbusters of their predecessors.

As if that weren’t enough, the company is suing a former development partner, 3D Realms, over the collapse of a long-in-development game. And that partner is arguing its case directly to the gaming hard core.

Still, Take Two CEO Strauss Zelnick remains upbeat.

While media and analysts still question the company’s refusal of EA’s 2008 $2 billion offer, Zelnick stands by the decision, saying it was the best one for the company and its shareholders.

"I don’t engage in regrets," he says. "To this day, I don’t know what [EA] was up to. Everyone knew they couldn’t have been unmindful of the fact that their initial offer couldn’t have been a final offer… It’s hard to imagine what we could have done better. My job is to ensure value for the shareholders."

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