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Microsoft buys Activision for $68.7 billion

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Microsoft buys Activision for $68.7 billion



This is huge, more day 1 Gamepass titles from these studios.

Never imagined the day COD would become exclusive but here we are Face With Tears Of Joy
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jeffyjaixx wrote:

This is huge, more day 1 Gamepass titles from these studios.

Never imagined the day COD would become exclusive but here we are Face With Tears Of Joy
Wow - that's insane. I don't think COD will be exclusive, it prints too much cash (like Minecraft).
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CoD MP won't be exclusive. Too much of a cash cow but we can see maps exclusive and whatnot

Now, seeing all those franchises day 1 on gamepass? Yes
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Holy!

I don't really play much AB games, but that's nuts.

Game Pass day 1 releases are literally the best thing ever! Face With Tears Of Joy

Phil needs to clean house and empty the trash out of that place though.

I still think they got way more bang for the buck with Zenimax, but MS ain't playing around this time.
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Holy shit, I thought this was a joke or something.
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70 billion?

I wish I had 70 billion to buy videogames companies.

Who wants to bet MS is going to start pushing their own PC launcher/store soon with all these acquisitions?
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sumtimw0ng wrote: CoD MP won't be exclusive. Too much of a cash cow but we can see maps exclusive and whatnot

Now, seeing all those franchises day 1 on gamepass? Yes
I'd say it likely will be. Every console generation is a reset. They won't make cross gen after a few years, and PS5/XSeries are only a few million apart from all the recent news. Since games will be next gen only, now is the time to prime people for Xbox/PC/Mobile/Game Pass exclusivity. PS4s 100+ million won't matter in a couple of years and PS5s casual userbase could be converted to XBox.
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sumtimw0ng wrote: CoD MP won't be exclusive. Too much of a cash cow but we can see maps exclusive and whatnot

Now, seeing all those franchises day 1 on gamepass? Yes
I kind of agree since they would be losing a lot of cash but you never know with MS.

I feel like they are just throwing money at everyone to get more content for Gamepass and their dream of becoming the Netflix of gaming might actually pan out. They might actually be just aiming to get Gamepass on more platforms and exiting the console hardware market completely while relying solely on their subscription numbers. That isn't out of the equation either at this point.
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I would bet it not going exclusive (COD). Like other people mentioned it is way too much of a cash cow. This came out of no where to me not sure I even saw rumours. They could release COD early to GP and then release it to other consoles later on...that might be a smart idea. I have they fire anyone involved in the toxic work environment first and foremost.
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Sony has to up their game with project Spartacus now.
Also wonder what the fate of Bobby Nodick at Activision will me.
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inocent wrote: Holy shit, I thought this was a joke or something.
Right? When MS started buying up companies, I did not fathom it would get to this scope. I was honestly ready to accept that they would buy out WB Games/Netherrealm and some small publishers and call it a day, but instead they've acquired Bethesda and Activision in less than two years.

There's obviously some big concerns when one of the behemoths of the industry gets purchased in this way, and as much as I enjoy my XBox and GamePass subscription, you have to think that this is going to impact the landscape in a big way, and not all of it will be positive.

I doubt we'll see COD or Overwatch or Diablo or Warcraft etc go exclusive, but this is an interesting situation we're seeing. MS now has control over what can be parceled out and made exclusive on XBox. COD has had a partnership with Sony since the PS4 generation, and that meant certain modes were timed exclusive, and this will obviously go away now, and may flip to becoming timed for XBox.

Financially, I guess this will at least mean that while my GP subscription may go up, the number of games I go out and buy each year will be lower, I guess... Astonished Face

I think under Phil's stewardship, they can steer the ship in the right direction over at Activision. That place needs a cleansing. We'll see what happens, but I think XBox has turned things around internally and bought enough goodwill over the past few years primarily due to changes Phil and his team implemented, and hopefully it extends to their most recent acquisition.

One more interesting thing - the esports landscape has changed significantly with this purchase. After Halo 4 and 5, and the lull between titles, MS was not a player in esports at all. They've since done an amazing job so far with the HCS (Halo Championship Series), and with the Call of Duty League (CDL) and Overwatch League under their watch, things will start to get really interesting. CDL in particular has been a shitshow this year so far and many of the players have been very critical of Activision's handling, and have been directly comparing it to the success of HCS.
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Caerus wrote: I'd say it likely will be. Every console generation is a reset. They won't make cross gen after a few years, and PS5/XSeries are only a few million apart from all the recent news. Since games will be next gen only, now is the time to prime people for Xbox/PC/Mobile/Game Pass exclusivity. PS4s 100+ million won't matter in a couple of years and PS5s casual userbase could be converted to XBox.
Knowing MS, assume they would honour the Sony/CoD timed exclusivity, so once that ends, I guess I could see CoD being exclusive to Xbox...but they could have done that with Minecraft?
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This is huge news. Sony definitely has to put their AAA first party games available day 1 launch on their new upcoming subscription service now. I dont see how they can compete if not. This acquisition might have just helped both XBOX and PS subscribers!
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Wild news to wake up too.

Personally I don't love it TBH like its great that we'll see some more big games on gamepass but I haven't played an activision/blizzard game in years so this isn't exactly exciting to me personally. This will no doubt result in more games but likely also a higher sub fee too.

As an industry move I hate it.
When Microsoft bought Bethesda it left MS/Bethesda kind of neck and neck with Sony in terms of number of games and quality of games.
Both companies were very competitive with each other and as a consumer it was a great place to be.
Putting games like CoD, Diablo and Overwatch exclusively on Xbox tilts the field considerably in Microsoft favor and I don't even know if/how Sony can respond and this level of consolidation makes me very uncomfortable for the industry as a whole.

I do wonder what this means for the actually development of games at Activision/Blizzard,
Under Bobby Kotick the Activision side of things has basically been a soulless factory of CoD games and blizzard has been a shell of the company it was for the past decade but Microsoft has had a pretty hands off approach with its developers and has given them the autonomy to create what they want which feels like a major cultural shift for that company
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BYan wrote: 70 billion?

I wish I had 70 billion to buy videogames companies.

Who wants to bet MS is going to start pushing their own PC launcher/store soon with all these acquisitions?
Absolutely will, it's already happened with Game Pass app on PC.
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M1GOmigs wrote: Disappointed But Relieved Face

Right? When MS started buying up companies, I did not fathom it would get to this scope. I was honestly ready to accept that they would buy out WB Games/Netherrealm and some small publishers and call it a day, but instead they've acquired Bethesda and Activision in less than two years.

It really isn't that surprising to me. They are a $2.3 trillion dollar company with gaming subscription service. They are looking for content for their service and have the money to do it.
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inocent wrote: Damn, hopefully they start adding to GP before then like the next COD.

Pretty sure they started adding Bethesda games before close.
They did. We might see older Cod on gamepass by e3 2022 and probably the 2022 version day 1 this fall? Smirking Face

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