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Phil Spencer talks about the future of Xbox discs and Activision Blizzard games in Game Pass

In an interview with Game File, Xbox CEO Phil Spencer answered questions about the future of games on discs and Call of Duty in Game Pass, but without giving any specifics. When asked whether the company plans to completely abandon physical releases of games, Phil said that the company supports ... Read more

FTC sues over Microsoft’s intentions to lay off 1900 game developers

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has appealed to the Court of Appeals over Microsoft’s intention to lay off 1,900 employees involved in game development, writes Bloomberg. The company’s plans are the result of a $68.7 billion deal with Activision Blizzard. According to the FTC, the cuts contradict Microsoft’s statements ... Read more

Microsoft’s report shows that the company’s gaming business is in full bloom

Microsoft has released its second quarter results for fiscal year 2024. The gaming business has become the third most profitable for the company, behind only Office 365 and cloud services, writes The Verge.  Revenue from the gaming business grew by 49%. This is mainly due to Activision Blizzard, whose revenue ... Read more

Microsoft to lay off 1 900 game developers

It was predictable, but Microsoft is going to lay off 1 900 of its 22 000 game development employees. These are the consequences of the deal with Activision Blizzard, writes IGN. In a message to employees reviewed by IGN, Xbox boss Phil Spencer wrote that Microsoft will provide “full support ... Read more

Sony could lose $1.5 billion by 2027 due to Microsoft and Activision Blizzard

A leak of terabytes of Insomniac data, which included presentations and plans for Sony, revealed that the company expects to lose $1.5 billion by 2027 due to the Microsoft-Activision Blizzard deal. According to TechSpot, the company sees the merger as a big threat to PlayStation and subscription services, even though ... Read more

Bobby Kotick will leave Activision Blizzard on December 29, along with a number of other directors

Bobby Kotick will leave Activision on December 29, but Microsoft will make even more changes in the management of Activision Blizzard and other XBOX studios. This was reported by The Verge. Microsoft has not yet announced a replacement for Bobby Kotick, but the company has announced that Activision Blizzard executives, ... Read more

Activision to pay $50 million to settle gender discrimination lawsuit

Activision Blizzard will pay about $50 million to settle a gender discrimination lawsuit in the workplace. It was filed in 2021 by the California Department of Civil Rights (CRD), reports Reuters. The regulator was investigating allegations that the company discriminated against female employees by underpaying them and denying them possible ... Read more

The US will try to stop the deal between Microsoft and Activision Blizzard again

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is appealing a district court’s decision not to block the $68.7 billion deal between Microsoft and Activision Blizzard, reports The Verge. The relevant hearings in the Court of Appeal will begin on December 6. All this is happening despite the fact that Microsoft officially ... Read more

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare III was developed in half the time of other games in the series

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare III will be released today, but the game has already received not very positive reviews from critics and the gaming community. According to Bloomberg, this is due to the fact that MW3 was developed twice as fast as the previous games in the series. Critics ... Read more

Phil Spencer confirms that Activision Blizzard games will not appear in Game Pass this year

After the closing of the deal between Microsoft and Activision Blizzard, fans expected many new games to appear in the Game Pass service, but this will not happen until at least 2024. This was confirmed by Phil Spencer himself in his Xbox podcast. Earlier, Activision Blizzard made an official statement ... Read more

After 33 years at the helm of Activision Blizzard, Bobby Kotick will leave the company on January 1, 2024

Bobby Kotick, the longtime CEO of Activision, and after the merger with Vivendi Games and the newly formed Activision Blizzard, is set to leave the company on January 1, 2024, writes Ars Technica with reference to a famous gaming journalist Jason Schreier. As the Microsoft-Activision deal closes, Bobby Kotick says ... Read more

Microsoft officially announces historic $68.7 billion deal with Activision Blizzard

Microsoft has officially announced a merger with Activision Blizzard. The relevant information was made public by the head of the corporation’s gaming division, Phil Spencer, on the X platform. “Today is a good day to play. We officially welcome Activision Blizzard King to Team Xbox. Together, we’ll create stories and ... Read more

UK approves Microsoft’s deal with Activision Blizzard

The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has approved Microsoft’s $68.7 billion deal with Activision Blizzard, reports The Verge. The British regulator came to this conclusion after the recent restructuring of the deal. In August, it became known that Microsoft would sell the rights to cloud streaming, of Activision Blizzard ... Read more

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare III will not appear in Game Pass until 2024

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare III and other Activision Blizzard games will not appear in Game Pass this year. The company announced this in a post on the social media X. Activision Blizzard reported that they are pleased to see a great interest in the new game from the gaming ... Read more

Microsoft plans to finalize the deal with Activision Blizzard on October 13

Microsoft plans to complete the acquisition of Activision Blizzard for $68.7 billion next week. According to knowledgeable sources, the company is considering October 13 as the closing date for the deal, writes The Verge. However, the situation depends not only on Microsoft’s intentions, but also on the decision of the ... Read more

The UK has preliminarily approved the deal between Microsoft and Activision Blizzard

The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has given preliminary approval to the deal between Microsoft and Activision Blizzard, reports The Verge. Earlier, the British regulator was concerned about the impact of the potential acquisition on competition. However, in August, it became known that Microsoft would sell the rights to ... Read more

Microsoft will sell cloud gaming rights to Ubisoft to Activision to get UK approval

Technology giant Microsoft will sell the rights to cloud streaming of Activision Blizzard games to French company Ubisoft, writes The Verge. The move should reassure British regulators who are concerned about the impact of the $68.7 billion deal between Microsoft and Activision Blizzard on competition. The UK’s Competition and Markets ... Read more

Microsoft and Activision’s deal may close later than planned

Agreement between Microsoft Corp. and Activision Blizzard Inc. may be completed later than planned. This is reported by Bloomberg, citing people familiar with the situation. The companies have no plans to abandon the deal and will continue to seek the final regulatory approvals needed to close, they said. Recently, “regulatory ... Read more

How many more employees does Activision Blizzard have than Xbox Game Studios?

While we are almost live watching court drama around the Activision Blizzard and Microsoft deal, it will be interesting to see what this combined company will look like if the deal eventually goes through. A year ago, Reddit user u/eclipsisme created a chart showing all Activision Blizzard, Xbox Game Studios ... Read more

The FTC is appealing the court’s decision on Activision Blizzard acquisition

If you haven’t had time to celebrate the California court decision in FTC v. Microsoft case, it’s better to wait a bit, because the Federal Trade Commission has predictably filed an appeal, writes IGN. We should remind you that the court’s decision states that “the FTC has not identified a ... Read more

Microsoft has won the battle in the US to buy Activision Blizzard

A California judge has allowed Microsoft to close its deal to buy Activision Blizzard, reports The Verge. The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) antitrust case against Microsoft is still ongoing, but Judge Jacqueline Scott Corley heard arguments from both sides and decided to reject the regulator’s request for a preliminary ... Read more

10 [+2] largest game companies in the world

After information that the Chinese company HoYoverse/miHoYo (Genshin Impact game), earned more in 2022 than Activision Blizzard or Electronic Arts and was included in the list of the largest game companies in the world, I wanted to remember which game companies are on this list. Well, all the financial statements ... Read more

Microsoft and Activision executives say the merger will benefit consumers

Microsoft Chief Executive Satya Nadella appeared in US federal court to declare his support for open platforms and consumer choice, underscoring the company’s commitment to completing its deal with Activision Blizzard, despite regulatory objections. This is reported by The New York Times. “If it was up to me, I would ... Read more

Microsoft and Xbox executives will personally defend the deal with Activision Blizzard in court

Microsoft sends CEO Satya Nadella, head of Xbox Phil Spencer and other top managers of the division to defend in the case against the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) of the United States regarding the acquisition of Activision Blizzard for $68.7 billion, reports The Verge. As early as this week, they, ... Read more

The US is asking to block the deal between Microsoft and Activision Blizzard

The US Federal Trade Commission is trying to temporarily block the deal between Microsoft and Activision Blizzard in court, reports CNBC. The Federal Trade Commission on Monday applied for a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction seeking to block Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard before the deal’s July 18 deadline. ... Read more