Elon Musk is buying Twitter again, for real this time

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In April, Elon Musk announced that he was buying Twitter (opens in new tab) for $54.20 per share, a cash transaction that was going to end up costing him roughly $44 billion in total. Before long, however, buyer's remorse set in (opens in new tab). He tried to get out of the deal, Twitter tried to keep him in, and after months of legal wrangling (opens in new tab) (and, presumably, millions more spent on lawyers), Musk is once again planning to buy Twitter for—wait for it—$54.20 per share.

Twitter confirmed the resurrected deal, saying that it "received the letter from the Musk parties which they have filed with the SEC" and that it plans to "close the transaction at $54.20 per share."

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The filing, available here (opens in new tab), states that Musk "intends to proceed to closing of the transaction contemplated by the April 25, 2022 Merger Agreement, on the terms and subject to the conditions set forth therein and pending receipt of the proceeds of the debt financing contemplated thereby." The only condition is that the courts immediately stay and adjourn the lawsuit between Musk and Twitter.

Musk's legal representatives sent a similar letter to Twitter on October 3, noting the same conditions and stating that the offer comes "without admission of liability and without waiver or prejudice to any of their rights" if the lawsuit with Twitter isn't stayed or Twitter, for whatever reason, refuses to agree to the resumption of the deal.

Musk hasn't tweeted about his reasons for reversing his reversal, but a Bloomberg (opens in new tab) report states that his lawsuit against Twitter has not been going well, and that it appeared likely he would be compelled to finish the deal he agreed to earlier this year. Others noted that the discovery phase was not painting an overly flattering portrait of Musk either, and that the embarrassment had the potential to grow even worse if the case dragged on. Recently, private texts between Musk and public figures such as Joe Rogan were made public (opens in new tab) as part of the process. The trial was set to begin on October 17.

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Regardless of his reasons, it now seems all but certain that Twitter will end up in Musk's hands at some point in the relatively near future. What happens after that is anyone's guess, but Twitter's share price spiked immediately following the news, from $42.95 at 12 pm ET to $52 at 4:05 pm. Twitter's share price had previously dropped as low as $32, well below Musk's agreed purchase price.

Andy Chalk

Andy has been gaming on PCs from the very beginning, starting as a youngster with text adventures and primitive action games on a cassette-based TRS80. From there he graduated to the glory days of Sierra Online adventures and Microprose sims, ran a local BBS, learned how to build PCs, and developed a longstanding love of RPGs, immersive sims, and shooters. He began writing videogame news in 2007 for The Escapist and somehow managed to avoid getting fired until 2014, when he joined the storied ranks of PC Gamer. He covers all aspects of the industry, from new game announcements and patch notes to legal disputes, Twitch beefs, esports, and Henry Cavill. Lots of Henry Cavill.