Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard is now under various evaluations due to its scale and value ($68.7 Billion). Microsoft filed its proposition for acquiring Activision Blizzard with the European Commission on 30th September 2022, and CMA was already investigating the acquisition.
Reportedly, Sony Interactive Entertainment CEO, Jim Ryan has also visited the EU to express his views over the acquisition and has criticized Microsoft for this move. Jim Ryan’s main concern was that this deal will affect the experience of the gamers in a negative way.
By giving Microsoft control of Activision games like Call of Duty, this deal would have major negative implications for gamers and the gaming industry’s future.
According to Jim, he wants gamers to enjoy the best quality games on PlayStation, and Microsoft acquiring Activision can become a hurdle:
We want to guarantee PlayStation gamers continue to have the highest quality gaming experience, and we appreciate the CMA’s focus on protecting gamers.
Now, Microsoft has officially launched a webpage dedicated to its Activision Blizzard deal. The webpage explains the positive side of the acquisition, presenting the perks fans will enjoy after the deal’s completion.
The webpage also features quotes from Microsoft Gaming CEO Phil Spencer expressing the intentions behind the deal:
Giving players a choice in how they play their games makes gaming more accessible and leads to larger, more vibrant communities of players. Choice is equally important to developers. Developers benefit from having a diversity of distribution and business models for their games. Choice unlocks opportunities for innovation and enables the industry to grow.
The website is also updating the deal’s status and where it currently stands. You can also spot Important links in the form of a road map which will most likely be updated as the deal proceeds.
Let us know about your thoughts about the ongoing acquisition of Activision Blizzard by Microsoft. Are you excited about the new AAA Xbox Exclusive titles by Activision, if the deal completes?