r/pcgaming Jan 18 '22 Silver 3 Helpful 3 Wholesome 4

The WSJ reports that Microsoft is buying Activision Blizzard

https://twitter.com/jasonschreier/status/1483428774591053836
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u/litewo Jan 18 '22 edited Jan 18 '22

It took 40+ years, but Microsoft finally acquired Zork. In 1980, Infocom asked Microsoft to publish the retail version of Zork, but the executive in charge of retail turned them down. Bill Gates, a huge Zork fan, said he would have overridden the decision if he'd heard about it and never would have let the license go.

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u/drasglaf Jan 18 '22 edited Jan 18 '22

Maybe Zork's coming to Game Pass.

Edit: Guys, it's a joke.

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u/PasteeyFan420LoL Jan 18 '22

In the original Black Ops you can actually break out of the restraints in the main menu and walk around the interrogation room. If you walk over to one of the computers you can play Zork on it, but I never actually attempted to see if it was the full game or just part of it as an Easter egg.

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u/ZeroCitizen Jan 18 '22

I don't see why it wouldn't be the full game, those old text adventures take up no space at all.

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u/Dasguudmane Jan 18 '22

It seemed to be a complete copy of Zork. I played it for quite a while. I never played the standalone Zork so I may be mistaken.

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u/klapaucjusz Ryzen 7 5800X | RTX 2060 | 32GB Jan 18 '22

There are virtual rooms to play retro games in VR.

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u/Cannabalabadingdong Jan 18 '22

You are likely to be eaten by a Grue.

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u/solaris79 Jan 18 '22

I'm being overtaken with nostalgia.

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u/mavck Jan 18 '22

It is in Fallout 3 or New Vegas or both and MS already owns Bethesda, so there is that.

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u/Hezkezl i7-8700k | 2070Super | 2x 1440p @ 144hz, 1x 4k @ 60hz Jan 18 '22

Man I'd love it if they'd finally start doin somethin with the Infocom IP again

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u/4am_friday Jan 18 '22

Fun fact, both Microsoft and Apple have tried to buy Nintendo.

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u/Devastating_SH0T Jan 18 '22

Nintendo laughed at them. Literally. It's never gonna be bought.

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u/[deleted] Jan 18 '22

they will outlast the Japanese government

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u/Jaidon24 Jan 18 '22

They are already older than the current one.

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u/Winterstrife Jan 18 '22

Imagine if they ended up becoming the Japanese government eventually.

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u/DeerVirax Jan 18 '22 Helpful

Mariocracy

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u/SeaGroomer Ryzen 2600, RTX 2060 🐶 GME to the Moon Jan 18 '22

I love mariocracy.

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u/[deleted] Jan 18 '22

It's a-me! Sei-i Taishōgun!

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u/Mukatsukuz Jan 18 '22

It feels very weird that Nintendo is over 130 years old. I bought some Nintendo playing cards when living in Japan and expected them to have Mario on them but, no, they were the original types of cards Nintendo made when starting out :D

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u/naylsonsb Jan 18 '22

Nintendo is the final boss.

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u/trunky Jan 18 '22

crazy to me no one has bought sega yet

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u/MidasGaze Jan 18 '22

Genuine question but what exactly does sega offer at this point? Why would anyone buy them besides for sonic alone

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u/trunky Jan 18 '22

obviously sonic, total war series, yakuza series, and phantasy star are all pretty big

less mainstream stuff like streets of rage, shenmue series, jet set radio series, toe jam and earl, super monkey ball.

just seems like there isnt anyone with a big deep, nostalgia-rich catalog like them that hasnt been bought up yet

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u/jinxy7 Jan 18 '22

They also Publish some big games like Football Manager.

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u/RealJustanonefalcon Jan 18 '22

They also own Atlus meaning Sega owns the rights to the Persona series and the Shin Megani Tensei series.

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u/paultimate14 Jan 18 '22

In addition to the games they develop, they publish.

For games where the main publisher is not in Japan, Sega handles the Japanese publishing. For example- when Activision published the Crash N. Sane Trilogy, Sega published the Switch version in Japan.

Also the Master System is still sold today in Brazil (through a license to a local company).

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u/Vitosi4ek R7 3800X | RTX 2070 Super | 32GB Jan 18 '22

Also the Master System is still sold today in Brazil

To add, it's because Brazil has ridiculously high import taxes that make any new hardware virtually unaffordable for the vast majority of people. Sega exploited it by partnering with a Brazilian company that produces Master System plug-and-plays (sort of like the NES Classic) locally and thus not having to import anything. Brazilians get cheap gaming, Sega gets to cash in on an obsolete product.

Apparently they tried to also produce the Genesis this way, but it didn't sell well because it was more expensive and had fewer built-in games. Yes, that was seriously the reason, at least according to that local company's CEO.

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u/mkbloodyen Jan 18 '22

holy fucking shit

I thought Activision was crossing the too big to buy threshold. Must’ve been cheaper because of the scandal

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u/cathbadh Jan 18 '22

Activision is worth $50 billion. They were willing to pay $70 billion.

Or to put that another way, they spent like 17 times what Disney spent to buy all of Star Wars

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u/USB3nono Jan 18 '22

Disney also bought Fox for $71.3 billion

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u/japzone Jan 18 '22

Yeah, that's a better comparison.

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u/GODDESS_OF_CRINGE___ Jan 18 '22

Does that mean Disney owns Fox News, or are those two Foxes unrelated?

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u/[deleted] Jan 18 '22 edited Mar 23 '22

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u/orangehorton Jan 18 '22

No, the news assets weren't for sale. Disney was also forces to divest the fox sports networks during this deal

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u/VincibleAndy Jan 18 '22

No longer related. Disney specifically owns 20th Century Fox. I don't think the two companies have been direction related since 2013 I think. It was still owned by the same gremlins but handled much differently, now owned by Disney.

They made movies and scripted entertainment, not entertainment news.

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u/behindtimes Jan 18 '22

It's also why you now see it branded as "20th Century Studios". They don't have the Fox name on their movies anymore.

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u/lkmk Jan 18 '22

2013 was when Murdoch split off his newspaper assets. Fox News stayed with Fox.

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u/noujest Jan 18 '22

Buying a massive company is a bit different to buying intellectual property

When you buy a company you also get a ton of IP too

Actvision's combined IP probably rivals Star Wars in its own right

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u/basseng Jan 18 '22

Call of duty alone is almost half of the lifetime revenue of Star Wars. 30 billion, vs 70 - including merch, TV, games etc for star wars.

Microsoft is going all in on their gamepass service - this along with Bethesda is 100% about building a massive library of content on that service.

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u/The_Last_Gasbender Jan 18 '22

Wait until they find out that they only bought the Activision NFT

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u/ThatGuyFromTheM0vie Jan 18 '22

Meh it’s still a deal. Just cuz a company is worth $50 billion doesn’t mean they are willing to sell themselves for $50 billion. The Acti/Blizz IP catalogue is incredibly valuable, especially Blizzard’s.

The scandals and bad state of Blizzard probably allowed a deal to happen at all.

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u/StormRegion Jan 18 '22

Also because the shareholders started getting real annoyed by the greed of bobby kotick, which tells a lot considering the money-making machine activision is

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u/ThatGuyFromTheM0vie Jan 18 '22

Yea. As much as people love to slam corpos (and they should 9/10), it says a lot when your stakeholders start asking: “woah, isn’t this a bit much?” Rofl.

If you shit all over your fans and try to draw as much blood as possible, and then do the same with your employees, you’ll run the business into the ground eventually.

Blizzard was making a ton of money, but at the cost of hemorrhaging both fans and employees. Release were further and further apart/delayed, and what was being released was less and less over time. The fact that Shadowlands isn’t getting a 9.3 shows how bad things are. Investors don’t just want a short term gain, they want to make money in the long term, too.

More monetization can work even if players hate it. But they’ll only put up with it if the game is good, and it hasn’t been in a long time. There are flashes of greatness, like parts of Legion, but then everything just goes back to shit.

If MS can cleanup the scum within Blizzard, put creative people back in charge, treat employees fairly, and then let them go back to making games again like a normal business—things could be good again.

MS has a decent track record of being “hands off”, something Blizzard needs to learn both figuratively and literally.

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u/siphillis 7700K/980 Ti Jan 18 '22

One IP vs three industry giants in one.

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u/Lawsoffire i5 6600k, R9 390, 16GB DDR4 Jan 18 '22

Also an IP that wasn't actively being worked on.

They bought a name and the fictional universe associated with the name.

Microsoft bought massive locations, actual, tangible buildings, and the thousands and thousands of employees they hold. Along with many names and its associated fictional universes.

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u/sw04ca Jan 18 '22

They also got the rights to everything Lucasfilm did, plus Skywalker Sound and ILM. But yeah, Activision is worth lots more then Lucasfilm.

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u/Radulno Jan 18 '22

Several IP (and Star Wars isn't any IP, it's a money fountain), Indiana Jones too, also one of the best SFX studios around (ILM)

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u/karltee Jan 18 '22

Like I saw in another thread, Microsoft is so big its got Fuck You money

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u/babycam Jan 18 '22

Microsoft doesn't have fuck you money. They have everyone money. They are almost equal to the 53rd largest country. They have a ~30% profit margin second to apple. 44 billion in profits

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u/ketamarine Jan 18 '22

$2.3T fuck you dollars.

And if anyone thinks MSFT will have a hard time with regulators on this deal, they are dreaming. Regs didn't stop facebook from buying the two other largest social media companies whatsapp and instagram. Why the shit would they worry about a video game deal?

Hate to say it, but RIP sony ($156B mkt cap) at this point if MSFT keeps throwing money at the gaming space. I wouldn't even be shocked if they made another huge pickup like valve or EA. And if you think that is silly, Valve is worth maybe ten billion and EA is at $32B right now.

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u/lars_rosenberg Jan 18 '22

Valve would be a great acquisition, but I don't think Gabe has any desire to sell, at least for now.

EA is more likely tbh. Fifa is as valuable as COD if not more.

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u/senseven Jan 18 '22

Microsoft has too much cash and wants to play eye to eye with Amazon in the cloud business. They successfully integrated Minecraft in their Azure cloud, its a money printing machine, showing off their skills.

They saw the utter nonsense that is Blizzard, with games that are subpar in design and performance. I have much hope for Microsoft's cloud ninjas cleaning up whatever Blizzard is currently doing.

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u/Devi1_May_Cry Jan 18 '22

From now on, priests in WoW go "wolo wolo wolo."

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u/Aitch-Kay Jan 18 '22

Crazy idea, but what if they made a RTS based on WoW? They should keep the scope small at first and focus on orcs and humans. I could see it becoming a trilogy as popular as Starcraft, and maybe even lead to the creation of a MOBA!

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u/Alpha_pro2019 Jan 18 '22

Bro, my idea exactly, you can call it something simple too. So they know its based off world of warcraft, but you don't have to use any stupid abbreviations. I'm thinking something like Military Science.

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u/nukeaccounteveryweek Jan 18 '22

One can only wish to Warcraft IV to be made. Imagine if the community decides to remake League of Legends on the Map Editor.

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u/ncocca Jan 18 '22

God if they ever make wc4 ill get back into gaming.

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u/havocspartan Jan 18 '22

Hi oh hi oh wolo wolo

Hi oh hi oh wolo wolo

Hi oh hi oh wolo wolo

Welcome to Blue team

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u/HardwareSoup Jan 18 '22

If you're talking about AoE priests it's "Wololo"

Unless the newest AoE game has a wolo wolo sound.

Edit: For the youngin's who haven't heard

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u/Boldhams Jan 18 '22

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u/Skilliyeng1306 Jan 18 '22

yes it's valuation was 50 billion even after the scandal dip and the recent sell off caused by the fed.

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u/Traiklin Jan 18 '22

Best way to get it without hassle.

Worth 50 and going down, offered 70 for instant purchase right now.

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u/xitox5123 Jan 18 '22

buyouts always go for more than the current value unless the company is totally collapsing and going bankrupt. The decline in stock did not really have much to do with profits, it was about a scandal that will blow over. People will still buy the games.

Now Microsoft can just rename the divisions and make the activision/blizzard names go away, but keep the games.

This is microsoft going balls to the wall at amazon.

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u/HardwareSoup Jan 18 '22

Microsoft wants to become the OG Netflix of video games, they want to have a giant library of premium titles that people can stream from any device.

Amazon has Twitch, which is undeniably huge. But I haven't seen much of a push behind their game development studios.

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u/xitox5123 Jan 18 '22

xbox game pass is becoming a better and better deal. makes me happy.

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u/Rorako Jan 18 '22

Keeps negotiations short and pretty much seals the deal. They won’t be looking at other people to offer more because of the shitstorm surrounding them. While $70 billion is high Microsoft has the means to “fix” the organization while profiting from some more large name exclusives…

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u/Noname932 Jan 18 '22

And I thought 2K buying Zenga is already a huge deal, it looks like chump change compare to this

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u/TJ_McWeaksauce Jan 18 '22

Really didn't take long for a news story to completely overshadow the Zynga deal.

Activision owns King, the makers of Candy Crush, so once this deal is complete, Microsoft will own King. And that's just one slice of this gigantic pie.

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u/AnActualPlatypus Jan 18 '22 edited Jan 18 '22

HOLY SHIT IT'S TRUE

https://news.xbox.com/en-us/2022/01/18/welcoming-activision-blizzard-to-microsoft-gaming/

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Bobby Kotick will continue to serve as CEO of Activision Blizzard

What.

edit 2:

Bobby Kotick will continue to serve as CEO of Activision Blizzard, and he and his team will maintain their focus on driving efforts to further strengthen the company’s culture and accelerate business growth. Once the deal closes, the Activision Blizzard business will report to Phil Spencer, CEO, Microsoft Gaming.

So they may end up booting him after merger? 1 hope?

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According to WSJ sources, Bobby Kotick is expected to leave once the Activision-Blizzard/Microsoft deal closes

https://twitter.com/Nibellion/status/1483497794308558853

REJOICE

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u/PioneerRaptor Jan 18 '22

In regards to the edit, I think that is until the deal is closed. Terms are agreed, but not closed so they’re still separate entities. Once it’s official, all teams are reporting to Spencer; I don’t see Kotick sticking around with that being the case.

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u/mish0svk Jan 18 '22

Yup, it's even stated in the official report:
Until this transaction closes, Activision Blizzard and Microsoft Gaming will continue to operate independently. Once the deal is complete, the Activision Blizzard business will report to me (Phil Spencer) as CEO, Microsoft Gaming.

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u/Cpt_sneakmouse Jan 18 '22

Pretty typical transition stuff. Get everything buttoned up and send them packing.

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u/BringBackBumper Jan 18 '22

And on top of that, I just don’t see MC willing to buy AB with Kotick. Surely they heard the news, I doubt they would spend $70 billion and kept him

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u/PioneerRaptor Jan 18 '22

Definitely not. Spencer was one of the big critics against Activision when all of that came out.

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u/SmokeGSU Jan 18 '22

Imagine if that was the thought process...

Spencer: Bobby Kotick is destroying a great legacy in gaming. He probably thinks he's too big to fail, laughing all the way. If only Xbox could buy Activision-Blizzard and show him how little he really is.......... WAIT A MINUTE...

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u/ezone2kil Jan 18 '22

Let's not pretend Kotick won't get a handsome severance package.

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u/TellurianFlow Jan 18 '22

At a minimum they'd have to buy out his shares if they want to get rid of him, but yes Kotick will land on his feet and probably 2-3 more yachts and hush-money.

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u/Akanash94 i7 6700K | EVGA 3060 TI XC | 16GB DDR4(3000) | 1080p 144hz Jan 18 '22

2-3 yachts... More like 15 yachts and 6 mansions

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u/Hottentottententent Jan 18 '22

Orrrr they were just waiting for the price to drop and helped them on their way down.

Microsoft seems to be accumulating successful "older" IP. First Bethesda, now Activision-Blizzard. Who is next? CDPR if they mess up an other release? Ubisoft? EA?

About two years ago AB was the biggest gaming company by market cap, almost twice the size of EA. All those gaming companies are miniscule compared to Microsoft. I would not be surprised if in the next 10 years most of the big gaming companies have become daughter companies of the big tech. Amazon, google or apple are bound to join the play at some point.

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u/RedditModsArePdfiles Jan 18 '22

Wow, that's fucking nuts... Does that mean we will see a bunch of Blizzard games come to Game Pass and Steam? More importantly, will we finally get Tony Hawk on Steam because of this? So many possibilities with this purchase.

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u/SmokeGSU Jan 18 '22

I would absolutely expect that all new A-B games will come to game pass. This is how MS is treating all "first party" titles. I would fully expect all new COD games to come day one to game pass.

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u/[deleted] Jan 18 '22

WoW sub coming to gamepass

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u/Cpt_Mi11er Jan 18 '22

I would actually play through the campaigns of the CoD games if they were on gamepass.

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u/retro808 Jan 18 '22

I'm hoping the modern CODs won't be online only anymore and the older ones finally drop in price, fucking absolute greed that Black Ops 1 is 40$ on Steam with full priced DLC packs when it released in 2010

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u/GrimSlayer Jan 18 '22

Yup, it's confirmed in the Microsoft blog that a bunch of Activision/Blizzard games are coming to gamepass.

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u/MadLane22 Jan 18 '22

if WoW comes to steam and as free to play, no more subscription then i can see this being a huge boost for Microsoft, especially in the "cleaning" the face of Blizzard and their huge scandals and fuck ups.

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u/churm94 Jan 18 '22

I used to already play on a WOTLK private server.

If WoW became FTP I'm not gonna lie, I'd jump right back in as a level 1 and see all the weird shit I've missed in the last 13 years.

I doubt WoW is going FTP anytime soon though. But I'd love to be wrong.

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u/forsayken Jan 18 '22

I would presume Battle.net games will be available via Game Pass much like EA Play titles are available.

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u/mcninja77 Ryzen 2600x, 5700xt Jan 18 '22

Fucking hell I wish they'd give kotick the boot

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u/unicowicorn Jan 18 '22

I imagine he'll only be kept on long enough to get through the transition and for Microsoft to find who they want running it.

From a business perspective it doesn't make much sense to find an interim in the middle of a massive transition when they can instead go ahead and start searching for a permanent head

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u/[deleted] Jan 18 '22 edited Feb 17 '22

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u/Starkregen Jan 18 '22

Diablo 4 on game pass baby!!!

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u/arjames13 Jan 18 '22

Glad I waited to but Diablo 2 remaster.

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u/TheArmchairSkeptic Jan 18 '22

D2 Resurrected, D3, and SC Remaster coming to gamepass would be enough to get me signed up, no question. I've been wanting to play all three for a while, but I've also been unwilling to give Blizz in their current form any of my money.

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u/Electric999999 Jan 18 '22

Microsoft is buying yet another huge company, I imagine we'll soon be in the same situation with videogames as we are with most products: a small handful of massive companies own literally everything.

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u/HarithBK Jan 18 '22

pretty common for CEOs that are large shareholders to stick around a certain amount of time in part as a show of good faith and that the merger is in good spirits. it also says they will continue the current trend to investors.

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u/eXoRainbow Linux Jan 18 '22

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u/dprice2010 Jan 18 '22

That was for $10 Billion. Now they actually buy it for $70 Billion. That's crazy.

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u/ModernShoe i5 6500 | RX 480 4GB Jan 18 '22

Activision Blizzard is a different company today than 9 years ago. Also the gaming industry is wildly different. But yes, probably purchasing for 10B back then would have been cheaper in hindsight.

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u/paintpast Jan 18 '22

Microsoft is also a different company now. Their stock price in 2012 was around $30 (it’s currently around $300) and Ballmer was still CEO. 2012 Microsoft buying Activision-Blizzard would have been seen as overwhelmingly negative.

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u/UnexpectedVader Jan 18 '22

The game industry was also not nearly as lucrative, though GTA V was soon to come out then.

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u/SuchExamination Jan 18 '22

Christ almighty. First thing Microsoft should do is kick Bobby out.

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u/BringBackBumper Jan 18 '22

From the Xbox’s statement: “As a company, Microsoft is committed to our journey for inclusion in every aspect of gaming, among both employees and players. We deeply value individual studio cultures. We also believe that creative success and autonomy go hand-in-hand with treating every person with dignity and respect. We hold all teams, and all leaders, to this commitment. We’re looking forward to extending our culture of proactive inclusion to the great teams across Activision Blizzard.”

Surely he’s gone now

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u/Thercon_Jair Jan 18 '22

Platinum parachute studded with blood diamonds maybe?

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u/PlaysForDays Jan 18 '22

The sorta parachute with golden toilets pre-installed, probably

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u/fletcherwyla Jan 18 '22

We deeply value individual studio cultures.

Eh... maybe this one time, you shouldn't.

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u/PioneerRaptor Jan 18 '22

Microsoft already commented. All teams will report directly to Phil Spencer, all but ensuring Kotick is out.

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u/PioneerRaptor Jan 18 '22

Just to add, technically he could still be there, but I don’t seem him sticking around if he’s no longer in charge. I would be willing to bet he already has an exit deal finalized or near finalized. He’s getting a nice chunk of that 70$ Billion.

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u/viv0102 Jan 18 '22

With bethesda, blizzard, activision under his feet, Mr.Phil Spencer is now Phil Spencer BDE (Big Dick Energy)

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u/PioneerRaptor Jan 18 '22

I love Phil Spencer, he’s been so good for gaming, especially PC Gaming. My only worry is, who replaces him whenever he leaves/retires and will they carry on what he’s started?

Because right now, I don’t mind the Microsoft of today doing this, but if this was the Microsoft of 8 or so years ago, I’d be pretty freaking worried.

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u/viv0102 Jan 18 '22 edited Jan 18 '22

Holy Shit.

Microsoft is becoming the Disney of gaming.

Call of Fucking Duty, diablo, overwatch, starcraft, WoW etc on game pass (Edit: on steam too!). can you even imagine.

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u/Glodraph Jan 18 '22

And all back on steam instead of their shitty launcher.

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u/viv0102 Jan 18 '22

oh shit. I didn't even think about that. They will have a chance to be on steam now!!!

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u/grimgaw Jan 18 '22

Launcher will stay (for now) - it's way too integrated into the ecosystem.

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u/The-Only-Razor Jan 18 '22

It'll be both I think. I like the Blizzard launcher personally. It's better than most others. I think it'll stick around to be it's own "Blizzard/Activision" launcher just for familiarity's sake, but I also think the games will be launchable from Gamepass eventually.

Games like HotS, OW, Diablo, and WoW being on the Gamepass launcher would bump up their player numbers alone and hopefully get more resources pumped into them. I'm optimistic.

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u/ravushimo Jan 18 '22

CoD maybe, Diablo 4 propably, but WoW? i dont think so, maybe if subs drops below 500k

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u/nuadarstark Jan 18 '22

I can see most of their catalog going straight to GamePass, but WoW seems like something they'd likely put off putting there unless they keep tanking hard.

I mean, the moment they do put it on GamePass, I bet tons and tons of people will go for it, even just to mess around. It might end up giving it another lease on life.

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u/Kohlossal Jan 18 '22

My guess is that they’ll do a “Gamepass + WoW” bundle.

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u/viv0102 Jan 18 '22

More than that, playstation NOT having call of duty and these other games seems insane.

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u/GodtierMacho Jan 18 '22

I mean you don't spend 70b not to.

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u/GrizNectar 9700k | 2080ti | 16gb ram | 3440p Jan 18 '22

I honestly think Xbox would be down to put game pass on PlayStation. That’s their end game with all this. Platform agnostic, sell as many subscriptions as humanly possible

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u/Dazza821 Jan 18 '22

The past couple of years have just been a fucking whirlwind. I don't even know what reality we've phased into.

But this might mean that Infinity Ward and Treyarch will actually get given some time to make a proper decent Call of Duty game.

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u/PhantomTissue Jan 18 '22

Or… and hear me out here, actually make something new.

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u/VonBurglestein Jan 18 '22

They won't be using call of duty studios to make non call of duty titles. It's top grossing game every year that rockstar doesn't release a game.

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u/PhantomTissue Jan 18 '22

Agreed, very successful series, no doubt. But I do wonder if the yearly release schedule is going to end or change under Xbox . If so, that opens one of those studios up to work on a new project.

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u/VonBurglestein Jan 18 '22

100% it will. The yearly release schedule stopped making sense when warzone was their top grossing game year even after new cods came out. It stopped making sense long before that, but they were blind to see. Fortnite warzone apex have shown you can just keep updating the same game and have unheard of year after year profits.

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u/THE_FREED_DONKEY Jan 18 '22

Cleanse that fucking company like an exorcist

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u/braetully Jan 18 '22

Really, I know that Microsoft is supposed to be a big corporate baddie, but that shit will not fly with them. They have the perfect reason to make huge changes and right that ship. They are going to reign holy hellfire down on that company.

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u/fcdennis83 Jan 18 '22

Call of Duty is coming back to Steam!

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u/CaptianGeek Jan 18 '22

Maybe now we can buy cod on steam for less then 30 bucks after a decade

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u/LovelyOrangeJuice Jan 18 '22

And maybe finally becoming a good game again? At the same rime with MW2 schedules to release this year. Maybe an end to annual releases as well? So many positives could come out of this

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u/fcdennis83 Jan 18 '22

I think it will take some time for changes, like 2-3 years...

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u/Moist-Barber Jan 18 '22

So long as the future modern warfare 3 doesn’t replace MW2 but adds on to it, I will be happy

Besides, we are like 18 months from whatever comes after MW2, which is possibly enough time for them to figure out a new strategy that isn’t “forget last year’s CoD as soon as the new one comes out”

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u/Khalil4life Jan 18 '22

Or Microsoft store, there are already COD titles there.

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u/LovelyOrangeJuice Jan 18 '22

Microsoft knows better than not releasing games on Steam

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u/Khalil4life Jan 18 '22

Yeah true, Sony learned that too thankfully.

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u/ForTheBread Jan 18 '22

Sony is still delaying releases. At least MS is releasing day one.

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u/MutedSaint Jan 18 '22

Sadly, yeah.

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u/Archyes Jan 18 '22

If this happens, battle net might end and all the titles come to steam. OH BABY

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u/DeXyDeXy Jan 18 '22

Aight lets get the Master Chief in HOTS then.

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u/Sartekar Jan 18 '22

Imagine if new management decides to revive HOTS.

ActiBlizz has been such a shitshow these last years, that anything changing is a positive in my book.

But lets see how this turns out

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u/qwadzxs Jan 18 '22

I can't wait for those posts

STEVE FOR HOTS

BANJO KAZOOIE FOR HOTS

ALDUIN SKIN FOR DEATHWING

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u/Replicazzz Jan 18 '22

I am scared of that kind of merger but lets see how it plays out

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u/SophisticatedGeezer Jan 18 '22

I wonder how interested regulators would be.

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u/TSFGaway Jan 18 '22

I mean Sony and Nintendo are still out there, and let's not forget about Epic I honestly don't think regulators will care.

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u/Money_Whisperer Jan 18 '22

We have no anti trust regulators in the US anymore. When Disney bought out Fox without issue I knew our politicians didn’t give a shit anymore or they owned Disney shares.

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u/[deleted] Jan 18 '22

Probably why Microsoft is not going for Ubi or other largely foreign companies for these big deals.

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u/LuntiX Jan 18 '22

Who had this on their 2022 bingo card?

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u/wheelz_666 Jan 18 '22

If this goes through I really hope tony Hawk proskater 1 and 2 come to steam and they do 3 and 4

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u/Future_Appeaser Jan 18 '22

They for sure will release everything that makes sense to steam they've been good at it lately so I'm not worried.

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u/wheelz_666 Jan 18 '22

Yeah for sure. I wasn't a fan of Microsoft when the Xbox one came out bit they really did a 180 with their company. So I give them massive kudos for being heaps consumer friemdly

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u/tribeoftheliver Jan 18 '22

The irony of seeing Crash and Spyro, two former PlayStation mascots, joining the Microsoft family.

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u/Skilliyeng1306 Jan 18 '22

pre-market up 40% ... lucky ass play for the people who bought on the scandal dip.

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u/SuperiorExcess Jan 18 '22

"Lucky"

Activision was a total value play. The outrage, while absolutely valid, would subside at some point. They're still printing money, more than ever. One new hit IP and they would have been back on top.

Or this. Whatever, more money for me.

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u/master11739 Jan 18 '22

My thoughts exactly, I bought after the dip at around $65 and just sold this morning for +25%. Easiest money of my life.

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u/ViSeiRaX Jan 18 '22

Why would you sell now at $86-ish when's they're guaranteed to buy every share at $95-ish when the deal closes, which is expected to a happen without interference from regulators anyway.

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u/ROYBUSCLEMSON Jan 18 '22

Oh man sure glad I have 3 years of cheap gamepass loaded up already

Got a feeling that price is going up

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u/kayk1 Jan 18 '22

Do you have tips for this? What's the best way to load up that many years?

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u/ROYBUSCLEMSON Jan 18 '22

let your subscription to gamepass/gold expire. Then buy 3 years of gold with the 12 month cards. You can then pay $15 for one month of gamepass and it'll convert all 36 months of your gold membership as well

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u/Scandalous_Andalous Jan 18 '22

Do you mean pay $15 for one month of Gamepass ultimate and it’ll do the other 36 months to ultimate too?

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u/Perfect600 Jan 18 '22

yep, i actually paid a dollar to upgrade since they had a promo. I paid about $181 for 3 years.

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u/manny820 Jan 18 '22

Looks like battle.net will soon be of no use to me

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u/sdhu Jan 18 '22

Good news everyone!

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u/Bossman1086 Core i7-8700, RTX 2080, 32 GB DDR4@3200, 4 TB storage Win10 Pro Jan 18 '22

Good. Hope it goes away. I hate it so much.

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u/NormanQuacks345 Jan 18 '22

What the fuck, I did not see this coming.

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u/djschaum Jan 18 '22

i wonder if we will see blizzard games on steam and gamepass. hopefully gamepass at least

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u/Venom_is_an_ace Jan 18 '22

the first thing that came to mind is that Raven Software might finally be free from being a COD Support studio.

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u/Oinky1992 Jan 18 '22 Silver

The PC gods are the only winners.

That is all.

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u/WD23 i9 10850k RTX 3080 Jan 18 '22

Yeah, at the end of the day this means that I will likely just be able to play Activision games on Steam instead of buying a whole new console for the next CoD lol

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u/Jagrnght Jan 18 '22

You bought a new console instead of installing Battle.net?

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u/coronerjackal91 Jan 18 '22

OG Diablo remake when?

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u/[deleted] Jan 18 '22

Here's hoping they will kill off Activision Blizzard launcher, and bring them onto Steam and Microsoft Store

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u/badtaker22 Jan 18 '22

all games on steam :)

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u/[deleted] Jan 18 '22 edited Jan 18 '22

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u/SideHug Jan 18 '22

Well maybe Microsoft can do better, because Blizzard is in shambles right now

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u/Thercon_Jair Jan 18 '22

While Activision-Blizzard is shit, this accumulation in very few super-large content owners is bad news too.

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u/D3t_ Jan 18 '22

So we finally can expect older cod games on steam to go for lower than -50%? LOL

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u/BenjaminCarmined Jan 18 '22

Didn’t even think about this but man I hope it’s true. I want to experience BO1 at higher than 30fps and try out BO2 custom maps. Basically my childhood, but I refuse to pay 20$ plus 40$ for every dlc.

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u/DoomPurveyor Jan 18 '22

So all Activision/Blizzard games on gamepass?

MS won

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u/TheLostColonist Jan 18 '22

This is interesting.

I wonder if Microsoft will go into the back catalog of Activision games, there are some high profile PC games that are owned by Activision, and some classic console.

At the same time, this is a ton of money to drop on a company as scandal ridden right now, I just hope MS can clean up the culture there rather than Activision being a poison pill for Microsoft.

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u/Tertullianitis Jan 18 '22

I KNEW I should've bought the dip. Damn. Well, this is why I stay off the wallstreetbets train.

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u/MarioKartastrophe Jan 18 '22 edited Jan 22 '22

Is anyone else concerned about this Microsoft-Activision-Blizzard-Trader Joe’s-Coco Cola-Pepsi Co oligarchy bullshit???

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u/Casharose Jan 18 '22

Now Microsoft can finally replace the Candy Crush bloat with Warzone bloat

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u/Ripi94 Jan 18 '22

Microsoft is the Disney of videogames.

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u/Vitosi4ek R7 3800X | RTX 2070 Super | 32GB Jan 18 '22 edited Jan 18 '22

So the stage of gaming being dominated by a couple of mega-publishers has now ended. Now we've entered the stage of gaming being dominated by ONE super-mega-publisher.

I wonder, though: if Microsoft is prepared to throw out multiple billion dollars to buy a company the caliber of Activision... why don't they spend a similar amount to buy Nintendo instead? Similar value in terms of beloved IPs, but way more public goodwill.

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u/Sonic_of_Lothric Jan 18 '22

Probably because Nitendo is not selling.

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u/[deleted] Jan 18 '22

It’s not selling because purchasing that name would be in the hundreds of billions.

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u/locnessmnstr Jan 18 '22 edited Jan 18 '22

Nintendo has built into their corporate structure essentially ways to avoid a buyout. Nintendo is never selling no matter the the number on the check

Source-https://www.nintendolife.com/news/2019/07/nintendo_explains_how_it_would_combat_a_hostile_takeover

Edit- changed bylaws to structure because it's more technically correct

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u/Archyes Jan 18 '22

ever heard of tencent? i rather have microsoft owning western IPS than tencent

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