Microsoft announces the biggest gaming deal for the acquisition of Activision Blizzard.
Microsoft Sets to Acquire Activision Blizzard in $68.7 Billion Deal
Microsoft is snapping up the likes of franchises Diablo, Warcraft, Overwatch, Call of Duty and more as they set to acquire Activision Blizzard in a $68.7 billion dollar deal. Microsoft have been on quite the acquisition spree in recent years, gaining studios such as Obsidian, inXile but also major parent company Zenimax Media housing Bethesda Softworks. This means Microsoft has not only acquired major franchises such as Elder Scrolls, Fallout and Starfield, but now taking on Diablo, major MMORPG World of Warcraft and more.
The acquisition was announced officially by Microsoft Gaming CEO Phil Spencer via an Xbox Newsire post, which welcomed the new additions “Call of Duty, Warcraft, Candy Crush, Tony Hawk, Diablo, Overwatch, Spyro, Hearthstone, Guitar Hero, Crash Bandicoot, StarCraft and more” joining ” Team Xbox”. This includes a number of teams that they can now work with including ” Activision Publishing, Blizzard Entertainment, Beenox, Demonware, Digital Legends, High Moon Studios, Infinity Ward, King, Major League Gaming, Radical Entertainment, Raven Software, Sledgehammer Games, Toys for Bob, Treyarch and every team across Activision Blizzard”.
This powerhouse now has quite a few franchises that can be brought to their platform and subscription service Game Pass. What could exactly happen to Blizzard’s own platform which is used to access games such as WoW, Overwatch, Call of Duty, Starcraft and more will be interesting to see. The Game Pass subscription service offers a game library for PC, console and mobile with now “more than 25 million subscribers”.
We probably won’t see the integration of these games anytime soon as the deal is expected to be completed in 2023. But the post does outline that we can expect “both new titles and games from Activision Blizzard’s incredible catalog” to be joining both Xbox Game Pass and PC Game Pass.
What we do know is that while the deal is being processed, both Microsoft and Blizzard will operate independently, but once complete Activision Blizzard business will be under CEO Phil Spencer.
Another interesting point to watch for is whether these franchises will become platform exclusives. The acquisition of Bethesda meant that Starfield became an Xbox exclusive, also becoming part of the Xbox Game Pass subscription service. What do you think about this news? Let us know in the comments below.
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