Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard brings privileges to the Xbox system, including major games such as “Call of Duty”, “Diablo”, “Over Watch”, “Starcraft” and others, according to the “Polygon” website.
Microsoft announced its intention to acquire, for about $69 billion, the giant American video game company, Activision Blizzard, which has released popular games including “Candy Crush”, “Call of Duty” and “World of Warcraft”.
In a statement, Microsoft expected this acquisition to accelerate its growth “in mobile video games, PCs, game consoles, and in the cloud, and provide the foundations for metaverse.”
The move is a turning point for Microsoft, which is not only increasing the number of its in-house game development studios to 30, but is also expanding its GamePass subscription service, which provides subscribers with a monthly slate of games for Xbox consoles and consoles. laptops and computers.
Microsoft has confirmed that GamePass will eventually include Activision Blizzard games, but that likely won’t happen until 2023, when the deal is expected to be completed.
But what does Microsoft’s purchase of Activision Blizzard mean for players on other platforms? Will games like “Call of Duty” and “Over Watch” become exclusive to the Xbox console?
Microsoft Gaming CEO Phil Spencer said in a statement that when his company’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard closes, it will offer “as many Blizzard games as possible in GamePass — new and otherwise.”
It’s not clear what could limit Microsoft’s offering of all Activision Blizzard games through Game Pass, but World of Craft, which has its own subscription-based model, could be excluded from the company’s plans.
According to a report from Bloomberg, citing sources, Microsoft plans to continue making “some Activision games” for PlayStation consoles, but will make “some content” exclusive to Xbox.
“Our goal is not to pull communities away from that platform, and we remain committed to that,” Spencer said, addressing Activision Blizzard game players on the PlayStation platforms. This report did not mention Nintendo’s Switch platform, where Blizzard games such as Overwatch and Diablo 3 have been released in recent years.
The approach looks different from Microsoft’s plan to bring Bethesda Stoark games, such as Starfield, to Xbox consoles only after acquiring parent company Zenimax Media in 2020. Microsoft eventually decided to keep games such as “Zinemax Media”. Starfield is exclusively for Xbox and Windows as an incentive for Game Pass subscribers.
A statement quoted Microsoft President Satya Nadella as saying that “video games are the most dynamic and most exciting category in the field of entertainment on various platforms,” expecting that “they will play an important role in the development of metaverse platforms.”
Microsoft also believes that Xbox Cloud Gaming is another key area of growth.
“Through the cloud, we expand the Xbox ecosystem and society for millions of new people, including in global markets where console and PC gaming has always been a challenge,” Nadella said. And when we look forward and think of new possibilities, such as offering Overwatch or Diablo, via broadcast to anyone who has a phone as part of GamePass, we begin to understand how important this acquisition is.
The deal, if confirmed, would be the largest acquisition in the video game industry, and would far exceed the $12.7 billion takeover of Zynga by Take Two that was announced last week. It is also Microsoft’s largest acquisition.
Microsoft, which sells the Xbox console and owns a number of game design studios, will become the third-largest player in this sector in terms of sales, after China’s Nancent and Japan’s Sony, which manufactures PlayStation.
The acquisition will be in the form of a cash buyback of Activision shares at $95 per share and is expected to be completed in fiscal year 2023.
Soon after this announcement, Activision Blizzard’s share price rose significantly, exceeding 35 percent, to reach about $88.45.
The announcement of the acquisition comes at a time when Activision Blizzard is facing critical conditions, as it was recently subject to protests by a number of employees and witnessed resignations, while one of the bodies of the California state authorities filed a lawsuit against the company that included accusations of “harassment” and causing suicide, in addition to Long line of ethical issues.
About 20 percent of Activision Blizzard’s 9,500 employees have signed a petition calling on CEO Bobby Kotik to resign.