Microsoft buying Activision Blizzard

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#1  Edited By ZmanBarzel
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Update: It's now on the Xbox blog.

Update 2: Phil Spencer talks abou it.

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#2  Edited By Pedro
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😐 Seriously? This large acquisition shit is getting ridiculous and is NOT good for the industry. 😑

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#3 Gym_Lion
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70 billions!

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#4 Gym_Lion
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It a done deal

Welcoming the Incredible Teams and Legendary Franchises of Activision Blizzard to Microsoft Gaming - Xbox Wire

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#5  Edited By Sollet
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Oh wow "good news" i guess

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Wowwwwwwwwwwwwwwww

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#7 Pedro
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🤬ridiculous

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If there's a way to buy a victory, Microsoft ID showing you how it's done

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#9  Edited By PC_Rocks
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So much for 'we have changed internally how we work with Activision'. Actually, come to think of it they were right. They did change the way just not what we thought. They rewarded them with a premium price.

On a side note: where the f**k are antitrust institutions?

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#10  Edited By SecretPolice
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Next up, Phony and Nintendont. lol :P

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#11  Edited By nintendoboy16
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God f***ing damn it!

Only thing positive I see out of this. A big one, mind you. But still: scrubbing out the scum that is Kotick!

Minus that, once again, this is Microsoft monopolizing not only a game genre (FPS, via 343, Rare, Bethesda, and now Activision... keep an eye on Gearbox, Epic, and 3D Realms people), but the industry still.

Meanwhile in other industries, Disney gets flak for all their buyouts (minus Marvel reunification). Sony gets flak for all their anime distribution (Aniplex, Crunchyroll, Funimation). Yet "gamers" online are TOTALLY FINE WITH THIS!

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#12 ZmanBarzel
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@pc_rocks said:

So much for 'we have changed internally how we work with Activision'. Actually, come to think of it they were right. They did change the way just not what we thought. They rewarded them with a premium price.

On a side note: where the f**k are antitrust institutions?

This is definitely going to be a fun deal to watch make its way through DOJ (and other countries' equivalents) approval process.

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#13 GoldenElementXL
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COD gonna be Xbox exclusive… THIS is the kind of deal Xbox needed. This is HUGE

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genuinely seismic buy

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#15 UnnDunn
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Pack it up, we're done here. 3 of the biggest third-party publishers (Bethesda, Activision/Blizzard, EA) in the world under the Xbox/Game Pass umbrella.

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This is like the Disney - Fox Entertainment acquisition of gaming.

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#17  Edited By tdkmillsy
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WOW

Seriously no stopping them.

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#18 ZmanBarzel
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@tdkmillsy: Oh, jeez, I'd completely forgotten that AB also owns King (and therefore Candy Crush).

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One man's trash is another's treasure I guess

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I just want to say that when Microsoft bought Zenimax, I came on here to say I wouldn’t be surprised if they made an even bigger move and bought Activision/Blizzard. Everyone here smashed me for that comment saying I was crazy and it was impossible. I also said they might buy Take Two/Rockstar, same response.

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I don’t see how this would be good for Microsoft. Call of Duty is on its way out and I don’t know if any Activision games that are worthwhile ATM. What could they possible want with them outside of labor?

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Well holy ****!

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#23 Pedro
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This is the result of "teh no excoosives " and " Xbox needs more excoosives " and "Xbox has no games". Well your request has been filled. I hope you like.😐

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#24  Edited By ZmanBarzel
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@Zero_epyon said:

I don’t see how this would be good for Microsoft. Call of Duty is on its way out and I don’t know if any Activision games that are worthwhile ATM. What could they possible want with them outside of labor?

My guess: those lucrative Zork and Keystone Kapers IPs.

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@Pedro: I actually agree with you on this one. It doesn’t make any sense.

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#26 GirlUSoCrazy
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@Pedro said:

😐 Seriously? This large acquisition shit is getting ridiculous and is NOT good for the industry. 😑

@Pedro said:

🤬ridiculous

@Pedro said:

This is the result of "teh no excoosives " and " Xbox needs more excoosives " and "Xbox has no games". Well your request has been filled. I hope you like.😐

Wow you're going through the five stages of grief pretty fast in this thread, congrats

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#27  Edited By madrocketeer  Online
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The number I hear floating around right now is $70 billion, dwarfing Bethesda, but still chump change for Microsoft. That's how big Microsoft is.

Makes sense for ActiBlizz. They have the highest attrition rate among the western publishers. Their attempt to diversify their IP portfolio stumbled a bit, which made them immediately give up and double down on COD yet again, and even that is showing signs of fatigue. Their Blizzard unit is not producing new games quickly enough to compensate for the dwindling revenue from WoW and Overwatch. Maybe it's just time to check out and sell while they're still viable and valuable.

My question, though, is what Microsoft are buying ActiBlizz for, considering how narrow their IP portfolio is, and Microsoft's strategy being very reliant on breadth rather than depth. The only possibility which makes sense is ActiBlizz's footprint in mobile gaming, which doesn't really gel with Microsoft's Game Pass-centric strategy. Perhaps Microsoft will be looking to revitalise the dormant IPs, though that will require far more up-front investment than Bethesda's portfolio. Bethesda made a lot of sense, this decidedly less so.

Anyway, at minimum, perhaps this will finally inject some new life and ideas into the COD franchise, instead of basically releasing the same game every year. I'd also imagine a lot of ActiBlizz employees will be cautiously happy about this; they seem desperate to see new management.

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Anyone celebrating this are idiots. Cannot wait for more whereby a monopoly gets created and we are all bled at the wallets with monetisation garbage.

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Could Game Pass be all that far from coming to PlayStation systems now?

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That is just incredible acquisitions. 70billion to bolster gamepass. Make sense they moved first before amazon, google or netflix moved in to the company. Kinda irked Xbox moved for big publishers that published contents like Sekiro and crash bandicoot honestly but everyone been moaning about xbox lacking content.

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Couple of reasons why this is good.:

1. Goodbye Bobby

2. Finally we can get a new Prototype

3. High Moon Studios are a super talented team that was pushed to the background.

Reasons why it's bad:

1. Everything else. I mean, seriously? I get that it is a free market and Activision was in trouble but this seems insane. Why not buy Ubisoft or Sega? Activision is a huge publisher and it just feels wrong and dirty even if it's legal

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#32 Pedro
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@Zero_epyon said:

I don’t see how this would be good for Microsoft. Call of Duty is on its way out and I don’t know if any Activision games that are worthwhile ATM. What could they possible want with them outside of labor?

Don't be silly. COD is still one of the best selling yearly games and Activision/Blizzard is a major player in the industry. Let us not pretend this is a trivial acquisition. This was a strategic move and a major one.

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@navyguy21 said:

Couple of reasons why this is good.:

1. Goodbye Bobby

2. Finally we can get a new Prototype

3. High Moon Studios are a super talented team that was pushed to the background.

Reasons why it's bad:

1. Everything else. I mean, seriously? I get that it is a free market and Activision was in trouble but this seems insane. Why not buy Ubisoft or Sega? Activision is a huge publisher and it just feels wrong and dirty even if it's legal

Nope.

Bobby Kotick will continue to serve as CEO of Activision Blizzard, and he and his team will maintain their focus on driving efforts to further strengthen the company’s culture and accelerate business growth.Once the deal closes, the Activision Blizzard business will report to Phil Spencer, CEO, Microsoft Gaming.

Great stuff.

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@Pedro said:

This is the result of "teh no excoosives " and " Xbox needs more excoosives " and "Xbox has no games". Well your request has been filled. I hope you like.😐

This was necessary for Xbox to “move up” in the gaming market. I said it before, these acquisitions would only make sense if Xbox went after one of the big dogs. Activision is, in my mind, the second biggest purchase Xbox could make. And it forces the best selling franchise, year after year, to be exclusive to Xbox. This deal makes the Bethesda deal look minor in comparison. THIS is the game changer

PlayStation needs to buy Take Two, or they are gonna be in a lot of trouble. They’ve gotta be freaking out right now. They just lost their best selling 3rd party franchise. Crash and Spyro are now Xbox property… This is nuts

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Wow, this is so surreal. Definitely thought this was one of those speculative rumors, can't believe it's happening. Not sure how I feel about it. Kind seems like MS is just buying its way around.

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#36  Edited By Pedro
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@girlusocrazy: I care about gaming and this is not good for gamers as far as I am concern. Also, it is clear you don't know what grief is but I am not remotely surprised.

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#37  Edited By tdkmillsy
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@girlusocrazy: Not bad scores for trash. I think most would disagree with you on some Level.

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#38 GoldenElementXL
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@Archangel3371 said:

Could Game Pass be all that far from coming to PlayStation systems now?

They pretty much need Game Pass now. PlayStation has no games otherwise.

What a time to be alive…

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Boooooooooooooooooooooooo!

Capitalism at its worst.

Also, very surprising. I could have seen Activision maybe selling off King or Blizzard or some of their studios or whatever, but the whole damn thing? Damn.

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#40 Pedro
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I thought the 70 billion was a joke....it is a 70 billion dollar deal. 😯

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Spoke too f***ing soon.

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#42 SolidGame_basic  Online
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I look forward to Lems praising Call of Duty games now 🤣

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@tdkmillsy said:

@girlusocrazy: Not bad scores for trash. I think most would disagree with you on some Level.

Ah yeah I'm just not a big fan of them. I don't know about most, it depends how many people are still into those games currently

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#44  Edited By SecretPolice
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Been saying here for decades; stop poking the bear but did anyone listen..... Noooo! lol :P

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#45  Edited By Pedro
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@SolidGame_basic said:

Wow, this is so surreal. Definitely thought this was one of those speculative rumors, can't believe it's happening. Not sure how I feel about it. Kind seems like MS is just buying its way around.

But you were the first to celebrate Sony's acquisition 😂🤣

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@Pedro said:
@Zero_epyon said:

I don’t see how this would be good for Microsoft. Call of Duty is on its way out and I don’t know if any Activision games that are worthwhile ATM. What could they possible want with them outside of labor?

Don't be silly. COD is still one of the best selling yearly games and Activision/Blizzard is a major player in the industry. Let us not pretend this is a trivial acquisition. This was a strategic move and a major one.

I'm not saying it's trivial. But obviously MS is going to put COD behind Gamepass and potentially cut off other platforms from it. How does that make MS the money it was making Activision? Especially with Call Of Duty declining in popularity and sales?

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@goldenelementxl said:
@Archangel3371 said:

Could Game Pass be all that far from coming to PlayStation systems now?

They pretty much need Game Pass now. PlayStation has no games otherwise.

What a time to be alive…

Yeah, pretty crazy times indeed.

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#48  Edited By blaznwiipspman1
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wow...thought that this was early april fools...honestly im not even sure this is good news. One thing I do know is that if this is allowed to go through, sony is in trouble. Also this isn't good for the industry either...i can't believe im saying this but it might be better if the deal is rejected.

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#49 tdkmillsy
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PlayStation - lets pay for some exclusivity so gamers buy Call of Duty on PlayStation and not Xbox

Sony details Call of Duty: Vanguard's PlayStation-exclusive content - Dot Esports

Xbox - Not having that, lets buy Call of Duty.

Put Sony right in their place.

I don't know what people expected Microsoft to do. They where losing in sales to Sony and Nintendo, and other big players (Netflix, Amazon etc) where getting in the market.

It was go big or go home.

They went big.

Sony are less competition than Netflix in the way Microsoft want to play.

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#50 Pedro
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@Zero_epyon said:

I'm not saying it's trivial. But obviously MS is going to put COD behind Gamepass and potentially cut off other platforms from it. How does that make MS the money it was making Activision? Especially with Call Of Duty declining in popularity and sales?

Cutoff "A" platform as in singular. Declining in sales and still top selling. Stop with the trivializing of this purchase.