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Even today, we are struggling to recover from the shattering news announced by Microsoft. The American giant is preparing to buy Activision Blizzard for the modest sum of 68.7 billion dollars, enough to allow Xbox to continue its renaissance.

Activision bought by Xbox for 70 billion dollars: it’s official!

Many questions, but few answers until the acquisition

The news brings more questions than answers, and for good reason, the two stakeholders cannot really speak for the moment. At the moment we only know that the Xbox Game Pass and the PC Game Pass should benefit from many games from the newly acquired publisher.

Phil Spencer also expressed his “intention to honor all existing agreements upon the acquisition of Activision Blizzard and our desire to keep Call of Duty on PlayStation”. This “desire” is typically the kind of talk that raises more questions than answers.

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In his January 21 podcast, Major Nelson said he is aware that fans are curious and would like to better understand what this takeover entails, but he is not in a position to discuss it at this time. We will have to be patient before Microsoft and Activision Blizzard detail their plans. This reminds us of the situation we experienced when the Bethesda acquisition was announced.

Now I’m sure you’re tuned in and the comments are going to be filled with people “oh we want to know xy and z and all those details”…and the reality is it’s going to take a while, it’s is a, as you know, from a monetary point of view, it’s one of the biggest, it’s the biggest contract that Microsoft has ever done […]. It’s a lot of money, and there’s a lot of work that needs to be done to get it done. And that’s all we can say for now. As you can imagine, there are lawyers and regulators and there are a lot of, I don’t mean hoops, but there is a lot of work to be done before this is done. I think that’s a good way to put it.

Answers provided as soon as the transaction is finalized

Major Nelson confirms that once everything is finalized, the actors of the two stakeholders will be able to express themselves on what the takeover will change for the two American giants. He specifies that he will welcome guests on his show.


>> And once that’s done, we can talk more about it, right?

>> Yes, we can talk about it again. If you’re listening, you won’t get anything, you won’t hear anything at all. […] Once that’s done and the deal is done, I’m sure we’ll have a lot to talk about and we’ll have guests on the show. I can’t wait for everyone at Activision and Blizzard to join the Xbox team, because it’s going to be a lot of fun.

Like what Xbox had proposed with Bethesda, we can legitimately think that we will be entitled to a round table with Xbox and Activision Blizzard. The manufacturer had organized this directly after the closing of the deal with Bethesda.

By June 2023, many other questions are likely to arise. If we suspect that players will see the catalog of Xbox Game Pass and PC Game Pass flooded with games from the publisher, owners of competing platforms would like to know if they will still benefit from Activision Blizzard licenses. Like a sense of déjà vu…

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Even today, we are struggling to recover from the shattering news announced by Microsoft. The American giant is preparing to buy Activision Blizzard for the modest sum of 68.7 billion dollars, enough to allow Xbox to continue its renaissance. Activision bought by Xbox for 70 billion dollars: it’s official! Many…

Even today, we are struggling to recover from the shattering news announced by Microsoft. The American giant is preparing to buy Activision Blizzard for the modest sum of 68.7 billion dollars, enough to allow Xbox to continue its renaissance. Activision bought by Xbox for 70 billion dollars: it’s official! Many…

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