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Microsoft and Activision Blizzard Are Now One Big Happy Family!

After a long journey of navigating through regulatory hurdles in the UK, EU, and US, it’s finally official – Microsoft has acquired Activision Blizzard, making them a part of the Microsoft family.

This merger was first announced on January 18, 2022, and it’s been a rollercoaster ride ever since, but they’ve crossed the finish line.

Microsoft Gaming CEO Phil Spencer extended a warm welcome to Activision Blizzard, saying:

“As one team, we’ll learn, innovate, and continue to deliver on our promise to bring the joy and community of gaming to more people. We’ll do this in a culture that strives to empower everyone to do their best work, where all people are welcome, and is centered on our ongoing commitment to Gaming for Everyone.”

So, it looks like inclusivity is a top priority for the future of gaming.

The good news for gamers? They’re planning to bring beloved Activision, Blizzard, and King franchises to Game Pass and other platforms, which is bound to make the gaming universe even more exciting.

Bobby Kotick, the CEO of Activision Blizzard, shared in a letter to employees that he’s committed to aiding in the transition.

“Phil has asked me to stay on as CEO of ABK, reporting to him, and we have agreed that I will do that through the end of 2023. We both look forward to working together on a smooth integration for our teams and players.”

Ubisoft also joined the conversation, snagging perpetual cloud streaming rights for Call of Duty and other Activision Blizzard titles. Ubisoft is stoked about this opportunity:

“Ubisoft is a long-standing believer in the power of cloud gaming, and these streaming rights will enable us to deliver even more experiences to players in more places than ever before. Now that the deal is complete, we can begin working on the operational aspects of bringing these games to Ubisoft+, our subscription offer.”

This significant merger marks the beginning of an exciting chapter in the gaming industry’s evolution. With Microsoft and Activision Blizzard now united, the possibilities for new gaming experiences, innovations, and collaborations are vast. Gamers can eagerly anticipate a future filled with fresh content, enhanced gameplay, and an even broader gaming community.

As these two gaming giants combine their strengths, it’s safe to say that the gaming landscape is bound to undergo some remarkable transformations. This merger not only promises an array of thrilling games but also emphasizes the importance of inclusivity and accessibility, ensuring that everyone can be a part of the gaming world.

So, as we look ahead, it’s a thrilling time for gamers and the gaming industry as a whole. Keep your controllers and keyboards ready because more exciting gaming adventures are on the horizon.

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8 Comments

  • Ja sa bong 14 October 2023

    I was beginning to think the deal would collapse at one point because of how it took too long for everything to be completed. Microsoft faced a lot of battle to finalise this deal. Everyone should be happy now. Call of Duty will have something new from now onwards.

    • Henrywrites 28 October 2023

      I am happy that Microsoft won. At least, we should be looking forward to some good changes on Call Of Duty and also what they have in stock for the fans in the coming months. I never had doubts about the deal, just bothered about how long it took.

  • KensonPlays 15 October 2023

    Two words: Spyro Please!!

    They showed him in the trailer, so I hope they do get around to making a Spyro 4. It’s time for a new one, especially with the 25th anniversary this year, and Year of the Dragon in China next year. Would be the PERFECT time for a new one.

  • Heatman 15 October 2023

    In the end, it’s a done deal. I know very well that Microsoft would do everything possible to make sure that they secure this massive acquisition. It nearly looked like it’s not going to happened but they came out on top. I will be looking forward to Spyro 4 and new release on COD. At least COD will no longer be on yearly release.

  • Debashis 16 October 2023

    Wow! The official acquisition of Activision Blizzard by Microsoft is a significant moment in the gaming industry. With a commitment to inclusivity and plans to bring beloved franchises to Game Pass, it’s a win for gamers. Ubisoft’s involvement in securing cloud streaming rights for these titles adds another exciting dimension to the deal. The future of gaming is indeed looking brighter. Really happy to hear this. 🙂

  • Smokey 17 October 2023

    I’m really excited for this. It’s gonna make things so much easier for people who play Call of Duty on Xbox. I would assume starting next year in 2024, that CoD will drop on Xbox day one, like most first party studio games do. This is great because it saves me $79-$100 a year on buying the game. I’m also hoping that in the future they bring WoW subscriptions into Game Pass Ultimate. I’d be okay with them raising the price a few bucks to accomplish this, too.

  • Shortie 24 October 2023

    For a while, I really did believe that this deal would not go through. So much kept getting in the way of the deal and it looked as though things would fall flat.

    I am very glad that Microsoft kept pushing to finally finalize this deal and now has acquired Activision Blizzard, looking forward to seeing what we will see now.

  • Riberet19 29 October 2023

    Finally, this long story ends, between Microsoft and Activision Blizzard, I can’t wait to see what Microsoft’s plans are with World of Warcraft, Diablo, Hearthstone, Call of Duty, or Starcraft, among other titles, I hope they do things right.

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