Game News Roundup - Latest on Microsoft's Activision Blizzard Acquisition - ArticleWilliam D'Angelo , posted on 03 April 2023 / 2,945 Views
In this installment of the "Game News Roundup" I discuss the latest gaming news with a focus on Microsoft's response to the CMA's questions at the remedies hearing over Microsoft's Activision Blizzard acquisition.
This includes Microsoft claiming that keeping Call of Duty on PlayStation consoles for 10 years is more than enough time for Sony to develop its own alternative to the popular first-person shooter series and Microsoft saying Call of Duty will be optimized for PlayStation 5 and make full use of the features of the console. I also discuss the report that Microsoft's remedies to the European Commission include concerns over cloud streaming, but makes no mention of video game console rival, Sony with its PlayStation.
Here is the list of sales and news discussed during the video:
- Microsoft: 10 Years is Long Enough for Sony to Develop an Alternative to Call of Duty
- Microsoft: Call of Duty Will be Optimized for PlayStation Consoles
- Report: Microsoft's EU Remedies Only Address Cloud Streaming, Leaves Out Sony
A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012 and taking over the hardware estimates in 2017. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel. You can contact the author on Twitter @TrunksWD.
Just block it already! MS move on. Invest that 69 billion into your existing 23 studios.
There's almost zero chance this deal will be blocked. It's broadly seen as a vertical merger, and the courts have traditionally been kind to vertical mergers. If regulators take this to regular court to block it, and Microsoft chooses to fight it, Microsoft will likely be successful.
There are two realistic outcomes. Microsoft fights it in court, and gets to buy ABK without concessions, but it will take longer. Or they play ball with regulators and agree to concessions in exchange for the deal being consummated sooner.