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Microsoft is taking another chunk out of the games market via MechWarrior, buying computer games company FASA Interactive Technologies. The Great Satan of software today said it would acquire electronic rights to FASA Interactive’s BattleTech games, including the top-selling MechWarrior series. Microsoft said the reasons behind the acquisition lay in growing its games business through a smaller protfolio of top-quality games. It said the MechWarrior 2 game, set in the year 3057, and its related products, had brought in over $70 million in sales. The FASA Interactive’s development staff will be kept on by Microsoft, and integrated into staff in Redmond. ®

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