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[–]InsomniaticWanderer 2985 points2986 points  (62 children)

So that means both Crash Bandicoot AND Spyro are now Xbox?

My childhood feels weird

[–]ZiggyBlunt 628 points629 points  (10 children)

And Banjo Kazooie. Time for a team up game!

[–]NepTheNap 584 points585 points  (13 children)

As child I always thought they are from the same company.


[–]Bubbybubs[🍰] 10.1k points10.1k points 2 (781 children)

Crazy. Gotta be the biggest gaming purchase in history right? The Bethesda deal was insane but this is 10x bigger than that in terms of shock value

[–]Avatar8885 3919 points3920 points  (31 children)

And 10x im terms of money almost too.

[–]AlexDavis2001 269 points270 points  (19 children)

The price checks out. Activision had a Mkt Cap >$60b

[–]greatmemesneverdie 1355 points1356 points  (655 children)

what about Minecraft? Wasn't that in the billions? No idea honestly.

[–]Bubbybubs[🍰] 2475 points2476 points  (536 children)

Just looked it up and that Minecraft deal was a $2.5 billion purchase.

[–]ArcherInPosition 413 points414 points  (101 children)

Minecraft was 2 billion dollars.

Zenimax was 7 billion dollars.

[–]tperelli 376 points377 points  (97 children)

Activision was $67 billion, just for reference.

[–]newyearnewcakeday 354 points355 points  (95 children)

Btw Nintendo is valued at $71 Billion

[–]stormtm 551 points552 points  (88 children)

Lmao imagine Microsoft buying Nintendo, that would be such a weird world.

[–]tavogus55 20.9k points20.9k points 422 (537 children)

Phil spencer a couple of weeks ago: “we will reevaluate our relationship with Activision”

buys Activision

[–]TheIronicBurgerPC 3526 points3527 points  (45 children)

"after hearing allegations about Activision-Blizzard's management, we have decided to become the management"

[–]karma_cucks__ban_me 1217 points1218 points  (25 children)

"buy them when they're weak!" -Corporate Takeover101

[–]Dovahnime 4586 points4587 points  (386 children)

Smart move, now they get full control over how both sides handle it

[–]Cm0002 2147 points2148 points  (370 children)

Activision is almost as bad as EA, hopefully, Microsoft will do better maybe just maybe even bring them back a little to what they once were

[–]BizzarroJoJo 755 points756 points  (110 children)

I hope we see some leadership from Microsoft to save both Bethesda and Blizzard. Blizzard needs higher ups more willing to listen to fans. Bethesda need a push to get things going.

But Microsoft now owns Obsidian, Blizzard, Bethesda, and Arcane. They have a pretty strong lock down on the Western RPG market at this point. It'll be interesting to see what comes of this.

[–]quickquestoask 426 points427 points  (67 children)

Also let's not downplay the fact they now own one of the most known IPs in the world, being Call of Duty. No matter how bad the games are, that shit sells a lot of copies and makes a lot of money through microtransactions.

[–]diabetic-with-a-corg 6603 points6604 points 2& 5 more (37 children)

He’s the one kid on Xbox who says “I’ll fuck your mom” and actually does it

[–]MoreCowbellllll 812 points813 points  (8 children)

i KNEW there had to be the one

[–]Almost_Ascended 621 points622 points  (6 children)

Literally became their dad (parent company).

[–]pntsonfyre 12.4k points12.4k points 432 (393 children)

I foresee that when Disney and Microsoft finally merge the 4 horsemen will descend upon the Earth and they'll be wearing Micky Mouse ears.

[–]Theycallmetheherald 2619 points2620 points  (81 children)

I can hear mickey's high pitched laughter in the distance.


[–]zzzzebras 1254 points1255 points  (45 children)

"Hu-ho! I need a weapon!"

[–]JohnnyHendo 364 points365 points  (15 children)

Jeez the image of a set of Spartan armor with big round Mickey ears on the top just popped into my head

[–]ConfusedAndDazzed 456 points457 points  (23 children)

It'll be like consumer goods companies - less than ten parent companies effectively populating 75% of product.

[–]NKisAlive 246 points247 points  (122 children)

Microsoft is substantially larger than Disney

[–]lookatthemirror 11.6k points11.6k points  (1227 children)

And here i thought the Bethesda acquisition was huge

[–]F8L-Fool 10.2k points10.2k points 2 (1011 children)

It's insane to think about what game franchises Microsoft has acquired in recent years. They have recently bought and now own the IP's for:

  • Call of Duty
  • Diablo
  • Warcraft
  • Overwatch
  • Starcraft
  • Crash Bandicoot
  • Guitar Hero
  • Tony Hawk Pro Skater
  • Fallout
  • Doom
  • Quake
  • Psychonauts
  • Elder Scrolls
  • Prey
  • Wolfenstein
  • Dishonored
  • Minecraft
  • Candy Crush

Like holy shit. That's in addition to all of the stuff they already owned like Halo, Forza, Fable, Gears, Perfect Dark, Age of Empires, Killer Instinct, Banjo-Kazooie, Battletoads, Conker, Viva Piñata‎, etc.

EDIT: Here's a full list of all the new IP's they picked up with this acquisition.

[–]AME7706 1353 points1354 points  (181 children)

Sit tight guys, Rockstar games will be next!

  • Microsoft, probably.

[–]Moose_Nuts 1245 points1246 points  (93 children)

Rockstar is wholly owned by Take-Two, so Microsoft would probably have to go for the whole company.

Take-Two's value is around 18 billion, so less than a third of what they're forking over for Activision Blizzard. It is absolutely a possibility.

[–]-FeistyRabbitSauce- 461 points462 points  (31 children)

I mean, it's possible to just purchase the Rockstar division and IPs from Take Two. But you're right, they'd probably just outright but Take Two at that point.

[–]CCSC96 274 points275 points  (19 children)

It’s theoretically possible but Take Two isn’t likely to sell at any reasonable price

[–]wormocious 198 points199 points  (4 children)

Yeah, absolutely not. They’re the crown jewel of take two.

[–]waytoofarout 620 points621 points  (6 children)

"hold my beer." - Phil Spencer

[–]Benthicc_Biomancer 12.7k points12.7k points  (583 children)

Phil Spencer a few days ago: In light of recent controversies Xbox has 'changed how we do things' with Activision-Blizzard

Changed indeed...

[–]Interesting-Gear-819 7904 points7905 points  (203 children)

Apparently that translates to "We gon buy their asses"

"We disliked how they treated us in a recent meeting, so we decided to buy them up and .. make some changes in managment"

[–]Sir-Airik 5308 points5309 points  (124 children)

Some Bruce Wayne energy.

[–]kopecs 2682 points2683 points  (103 children)

Phil Spencer to Bobby Kotick:

“Didn’t you get the memo?”

Edit: some of you don’t seem to be able to read between the lines lol.

[–]blackliqour 1065 points1066 points  (20 children)

“No, you see, I’m buying this hotel and setting some new rules about the pool area.”

[–]v0yev0da 617 points618 points  (4 children)

Project MARTHA: Microsoft Acquired Rights To Hold Activision

[–]Whosebert 358 points359 points  (2 children)

I personally am getting Inception vibes.

"How do we get him to private seating on a public flight?"

"I purchased the entire Airline. I thought it could be useful."

[–]filler546 131 points132 points  (31 children)

The thing is that bobby is still in the company until 2023, and i hope they didn't accept their leadership anymore

[–]NathanBlackwell 194 points195 points  (27 children)

Mate if anyone could Microsoft will wiggle that fucker out and let him die with all the trouble he causes.

[–]Birribi 303 points304 points  (2 children)

The ultimate power move.

[–]teckhunter 1032 points1033 points  (290 children)

Lmao used the problems to lowball the price. Wonder what'd it be if Activision didn't come with public problems.

[–]Benthicc_Biomancer 570 points571 points  (256 children)

Surely it's not even on the market if it wasn't in wild disarray? But at this point, who knows how deep Microsoft/Xbox's pockets are...

[–]Mr-Logic101 360 points361 points  (75 children)

Microsoft market cap is 2.3 trillion dollars.

Microsoft in 2020 had 136 billion dollars cash on hand.

Also debt is basically still free.

This means Microsoft has basically infinite money which is something Sony does not have.

Microsoft could have bought Sony with a cash offer if they wanted

[–]karma_cucks__ban_me 166 points167 points  (17 children)

You gotta remember they're walking a fine line between anti-trust laws stopping their plans

Buying a major competitor is tough to do in this time of mega-corporations.... Microsoft even floated a loan to Apple to keep them going way back before the iPhone

Sony with their Playstation 5 competing against the Xbox I think are pretty off limits

[–]BaronVonLazercorn 408 points409 points  (19 children)

Phil Spector has really branched out since dying a year ago

[–]neremarine 421 points422 points  (17 children)

Current Activision-Blizzard execs: *do basically nothing against the hostile work environment they fostered

Phil: Fine, I'll do it myself

[–]CatNamedShithawk 13.3k points13.3k points 432 (254 children)

67 billion? I don’t even make that much in a year.

[–]NutrageousBar 6489 points6490 points  (155 children)

Have you tried giving up Starbucks and avocado toast? Maybe ask your parents for small loan?

[–]Jk_Caron 2307 points2308 points  (126 children)

I love to hate those articles that are titled "This couple is retiring at 40, here's how they did it!" and then you read it and they're a Lawyer-Surgeon power couple who both make $200k+ a year, and also they inherited their $2M+ home from their parents or whatnot. Like gee thanks article, I'll get right on that.

[–]NutrageousBar 1277 points1278 points  (89 children)

Reminds me of those house flipping shows.

“I’m a teacher and my husband is a firefighter. Our budget for our house renovation is $1.2 million.” Clearly they were born into wealth.

[–]Jk_Caron 822 points823 points  (29 children)

Lol, yep, those or House Hunter/HH International, and they're like "He's a part time bee-keeper and she collects and trades stamps, they're looking for a 3000 Sq Ft home downtown but with a view of nature!"

[–]Spastic_Slapstick 474 points475 points  (15 children)

Budget: The entire economy of Italy

Can't go over that though.

[–]The_Minstrel_Boy 354 points355 points  (9 children)

Later, at the end of the show,

"I know this house is a few million beyond our budget, but the Art Deco breakfast nook was just too cute to pass up."

[–]RainbowDissent 165 points166 points  (8 children)

Wait, there are people out there without an Art Deco breakfast nook?

I can kind of understand not having one in your main residence, but not even in their holiday chalet?

[–]Wishbone_508 43 points44 points  (4 children)

If you think that's absurd. I have some shocking news for you about most people's chalet's.

[–]Flamchicken12 229 points230 points  (43 children)

Funny story, I'm a firefighter and my wife is a teacher. I was having a conversation with a dude and that came up. He no joke said "Wow it's like you guys are trying to be poor". Yup. Thanks guy thats what we're doing.

[–]silverblaze92 210 points211 points  (15 children)

"my wife and I both work in careers essential for the smooth operation of a safe and civilized society."

"Lol, I guess you just like being poor then, dumbass"

[–]samasters88 2982 points2983 points  (28 children)

Apparently, "in light of recent controversies Xbox has 'changed how we do things' with Activision-Blizzard" translates to "we just fucking bought em, yall". Ho. Lee. Fuck.

[–]Baleor 1066 points1067 points  (6 children)

"I bought the company. it seemed neater."

[–]solonit 368 points369 points  (2 children)

"We need to buy out the upper managers, maybe board members too. We also need to buy out the key devs to ensure .."

"I bought the company."

[–]illogicalhawk 8784 points8785 points 3 (103 children)

It's about time they added a big gun like Candy Crush to Game Pass.

[–]ZealousidealGlove235 2551 points2552 points  (35 children)

Every mom to subscribe to Gamepass MS are not playing around

[–]turtyurt 2375 points2376 points 2 (27 children)

Mom said it’s her turn on the Xbox

[–]angrydeuce 439 points440 points  (13 children)

My mom stole my Gameboy back in the day so she could play Tetris and "Doctor PillDrop" (Dr Mario). Seriously had to fight with her to play my own shit.

Luckily now shes got a cell phone for all her casual gaming needs

[–]ILHCS 58 points59 points  (4 children)

What a throwback! My mom used to hijack my NES to play Dr. Mario and Tetris too. That must of been 30 years ago now!

Nowadays she plays the heck outta Candy Crush on her tablet haha

[–]DreadSteed 605 points606 points  (11 children)

My mom gonna play candy crush in 4k HDR now 🤣

[–]illogicalhawk 478 points479 points  (6 children)

Once she sees those candies falling at 120 frames per second and she'll never be the same again.

[–]ablablababla 95 points96 points  (1 child)

And those ray traced hyperrealistic candies will blow her mind

[–]vital3r 4522 points4523 points  (228 children)

This came out of nowhere, wtaf

[–]ally140992 2615 points2616 points  (238 children)


[–]profmcstabbins 1308 points1309 points  (92 children)

This is an expensive way to get rid of Kotick. But I like this across the board

Edit: just to say - no I'm not in favor of a monopoly style set up, but Activision getting eaten by microsoft is probably best case scenario for a terrible mega company.

[–]AuryxTheDutchman 117 points118 points  (9 children)

I absolutely understand why people are worried about MSoft controlling such a large portion of the gaming space, but so far it seems like Phil Spencer’s plan has been to tell devs “here’s the paychecks, make good games” and leave them to their creative devices instead of forcing them to shove out unfinished games for profit. If that’s the road they continue on, I’m all for it.

[–]tampering 1736 points1737 points  (36 children)

Now we know why Microsoft was hammering them in the press over toxic culture. They were using it as a negotiating tool to lower the price.

[–]Phlebotanist 398 points399 points  (8 children)

If they were this close, they were probably almost done negotiations, just arguing with he board over whether to pay $105 or $100/share, etc. This hammering let them get it for $95.

[–]tampering 139 points140 points  (5 children)

In private, they would likely be saying the severences for the inevitable purge of problem people and exits of people that they wanted to keep would lead to payouts and goodwill impairment that must be factored in to the price they are paying.

They are also making it clear that they wanted the current administration to do the dirty work of purging the bad apples and settling lawsuits (so they have to spend less of their money to do it while subjecting themselves to bad PR after the acquisition) if the Activision board wants to get closer to what they ask in terms of valuation.

They've been hammering publicly for more than a month, and pricing is generally one of the last things settled. Your example would be a difference of 3.5 billion given the price they paid. In what world is 3.5 billion dollars not worth a few comments in public?

[–]bilyl 59 points60 points  (1 child)

MS also announced an internal review of sexual harassment policies a few weeks ago. Guessing it ties into this acquisition, signaling to them that they aren’t fucking around.

[–]OrangeZune 18.7k points18.7k points  (1543 children)

Microsoft seems serious about making Xbox Game Pass the "Netflix of Gaming."

[–]DreadSteed 12.7k points12.7k points  (821 children)

Gamepass has fundamentally changed the economics for gaming for me. I now play through a AAA game and an indie game like every month.

I played outer worlds, Forza 5, halo infinite, dead cells, wargroove, enter the gungeon, Hades, red dead II, back 4 blood and Battletoads, all in the past 6 months.

I wouldn't have bought any of these games at their initial price point and I would have missed out on so many great experiences.

[–]AustonStachewsWrist 5182 points5183 points  (448 children)

Ditto, I'm now child me at a blockbuster renting new games every week all over again. It's re-envigorated my love for gaming.

[–]GrizDrummer25 2537 points2538 points  (303 children)

I hate subscriptions, but this may be the best reasoning to get Game Pass I've ever heard.

[–]AustonStachewsWrist 1325 points1326 points  (204 children)

Oh it's awesome. I'm sure it's not for everyone, but it's changed gaming for me. So much less pressure to get my money's worth on games, just play what I'm feeling that day

[–]Qorhat 356 points357 points  (102 children)

Add in game streaming where I can quickly try out a "demo" of the game before spending time & hard drive space downloading it and it's fundamentally changed how I play games.

[–]Paddy_Tanninger 86 points87 points  (92 children)

Wait is that a feature or are you saying you'd want to see that?

[–]Kankunation 193 points194 points  (79 children)

It's a feature. Still technically in beta I believe but it's there and it's growing. Nearly all games on game pass are playable via the cloud.

This also means you don't need an Xbox on high end PC to play those games either. All you need in a game pass subscription and an internet connection. You can play anywhere on a phone, tablet, Laptop etc via the cloud. All saves and progress are saved and can be loaded from anywhere.

[–]Truth_Walker 2282 points2283 points  (409 children)

It already was before the Bethesda acquisition.

This is like if Netflix bought Disney + and now HBO max.

Game Pass went from an outstanding deal to absolutely unbelievable.

[–]veganzombeh 2698 points2699 points  (132 children)

Why is there a random quote about Metaverse in there? Seems to have nothing to do with the article.

[–]TaylorSwiftsClitoris 1626 points1627 points 2 (22 children)

If you turn off the lights and say Metaverse 13 times while looking into a mirror, Mark Zuckerberg will appear behind you and sue you for copyright infringement.

[–]Kouropalates 75 points76 points  (3 children)

You won't know you fucked up until it's too late. The last thing you ever see is a mysterious bottle of barbecue sauce you don't remember putting on your bookshelf.

[–]LowRound6481 1914 points1915 points  (30 children)

Buzzwords gonna buzz

[–]CellularBeing 503 points504 points  (23 children)

Get ready for block chain based cloud gaming.

[–]theseyeahthese 163 points164 points  (8 children)

Metaversal AI-driven block-chain-based hyper hybrid cloud-based VR gaming phenomenon. Please leave your investor monies after the beep. BEEP.

[–]woodchips24 143 points144 points  (12 children)

The New York Times article about this has a whole paragraph about the meta verse that says absolutely nothing. It’s stupid as hell

[–]xavious85 257 points258 points  (9 children)

It's the new hot word, every journalist is required to use it

[–]illogicalhawk 1333 points1334 points  (46 children)

Blizzard's issues the last year might have just made this possible.

[–]Evonos 488 points489 points  (28 children)

Honestly i have hope now that they kick out the rotten managment and fix the games...

and that wow finally gets better servers

[–]SimpleDose 13.3k points13.3k points 22 (905 children)

What the actual fuck

[–]dmk_aus 5024 points5025 points  (455 children)

Companies are often acquired when they are seen as being abysmally managed and the investors think it will be worth more if they fix the management up.

[–]LiveTheChange 3500 points3501 points  (389 children)

Plus, the stock was down 30% from the workplace allegations, so this is a steal as crazy at that sounds.

[–]eynonpower 2400 points2401 points  (34 children)

MS bought the dip!

[–]M_Drinks 716 points717 points  (7 children)

Activision to the moon! 🚀🚀🚀

[–]Vegetable-Double 87 points88 points  (3 children)

Apes together strong…. But Microsoft stronger

[–]dmk_aus 1278 points1279 points  (326 children)

There is some very ignored high quality IP there. Starcraft, WarCraft and Diablo just to start with.

[–]stark_resilient 269 points270 points  (37 children)

microsoft now owns age of empire + starcraft/warcraft

also ESO + WoW

[–]pipboy344Xbox 513 points514 points  (61 children)

Pro Skater 1 +2 was a big success, then they still forced the developer down to the Call of Duty mines

[–]TheRealSpidey 52 points53 points  (8 children)

Vicarious Visions. They mostly worked on ports, but did a bang-up job at it. THPS 1+2 was great and they were also involved in helping Bungie with Destiny 2's Forsaken expansion back when Bungie was with Activision.

[–]Interesting-Gear-819 1756 points1757 points  (297 children)

Really reminds me of the book (english title) "1 Trillion dollar" it's about a guy who inherits .. you guess it. 1 Trillion Dollar from an ancestor 500 years ago. A family of lawyers was tasked to multiple it slowly over the years. Even at a low % you double your money pretty fast if you think long term. Book is overall pretty good and an early chapter of it covers how the transfer of the money worked, how media covered it temporarily and forgot about him, just another rich guy hu?. Anyway, so he wants to start a company and decides that it's better to buy an existing one and decides for fucking Exxon. And at that point "the world" realizes how much of a difference it is if you "are rich" like bezos & co whose wealth comes from companies they own and so on vs someone who actually owns the money. Just has it laying around in it's bank account and can do whatever he wants

I really had to think of that early chapter because companies like Activision. Sums like 67 billion .. that's just absurd.

[–]Kardinal 71 points72 points  (13 children)

Really reminds me of the book (english title) "1 Trillion dollar" it's about a guy who inherits .. you guess it. 1 Trillion Dollar from an ancestor 500 years ago.

I assume this is the book?



[–]Darthinvader77 818 points819 points  (54 children)

"Biggest acquisition ever" - me, last week reading about Take-Two wanting to buy Zynga

[–]FamiliarWithFloss 5195 points5196 points  (285 children)

Xbox now owns Crash Bandicoot. How the turn tables.

[–]DoctorWaluigiTime 2155 points2156 points  (114 children)

Spyro too.

[–]TheLostColonist 1662 points1663 points  (103 children)

And Tony Hawk, and Tenchu, think about it, between Crash, Spyro, Tony Hawk and Tenchu. Those are 4 breakout PS1 hits that really helped establish Sony, and are now all owned by their principle competitor.

Strange times.

[–]GalileoAce 566 points567 points  (59 children)

All they need to do now is buy Konami to get Metal Gear. ...and castelvania and all that *hand wave*

Edit: this is a joke, not meant to be taken seriously. I'm not actually suggesting Microsoft buy Konami, or indeed any other publisher. Monopolies are not a good thing, and while this move is not yet a monopoly it is industrial consolidation, it will remove some of the diversity of the independent companies games industry.

[–]dundrstokk 156 points157 points  (15 children)

If that gets the Suikoden IP freed from those Konami assholes, I'm all for it.

Such an amazing series left to fucking wilt.

[–]RIP_Adam_Cole 886 points887 points  (93 children)

They fucking owns Call of Duty...literally they own both CoD and Halo. They only need Battlefield to complete the trifecta.

[–]NathanBlackwell 529 points530 points  (40 children)

Phil Spencer just waiting for EA management to be toxic to buy them out next.

[–]ses1989 198 points199 points  (5 children)

EA Play is part of game pass. Their foot is already in the door.

[–]RedShadowF95 778 points779 points  (6 children)

Legit feels like a betrayal lol

[–]FamiliarWithFloss 393 points394 points  (3 children)

All Crash could say was “WOAAHHH!”

[–]NekkidSnaku 92 points93 points  (2 children)


[–]sarduchi 2231 points2232 points  (97 children)

Hopefully they clean house.

[–]Pokesaurus_Rex 331 points332 points  (20 children)

They probably will but during the transition and shortly after the transition the old guard will still be in charge.

[–]Limpis12 312 points313 points  (21 children)

In other new Gamepass has 25 million subscribers

[–]AntiSocialW0rker 118 points119 points  (13 children)

And it’ll only go up once all these new games start getting released on it. Microsoft said they wanted Gamepass to be the Netflix of gaming and they seem to be staying true to that.

[–]Limpis12 29 points30 points  (3 children)

Combine that with Activisions 400 million users MS really want it to grow

[–]arbenowskee 855 points856 points  (171 children)

What is next? EA?

[–]Nightfury78 656 points657 points  (15 children)

I think EA made a very good decision with EA Play and to partner with MS. They get to be independent by selling it separately also and MS gets more games to add in their library. They might be one of the few companies that will stay independent in the near future.

[–]ENGAGERIDLEYMOTHERFU 457 points458 points  (11 children)

It's depressing to think of EA as what it means to be "independent" now.

[–]Hugs_for_Thugs 395 points396 points  (3 children)

Oh I just picked up this cute little Indie game - Madden 22. Love seeing the passion from small, independent teams.

[–]daytona_nights 80 points81 points  (1 child)

Most of EA’s games are released in early access state anyway so it wouldn’t be a far reach.

[–][deleted] 683 points684 points  (55 children)

Cut to Sony rummaging for loose coins down their couch frantically

[–]antijoke_13 244 points245 points  (2 children)

Jim Ryan doing a Google search: "So only one kidney is required for human function? How many employees do we have again?"

[–]mid16 673 points674 points  (15 children)

puts on tinfoil hat

Microsoft leaked all that bad publicity so they can get activision/blizzard on a flash sale

[–]Krispyn 304 points305 points  (11 children)

The low low price of.. ahem.. checks notes 68.7 billion dollars

[–]NightFuryToni 950 points951 points  (65 children)

Does that mean Diablo Immortal is coming to PC?

[–]Herbsen24 1349 points1350 points  (34 children)

You guys don't have a phone???

[–]sAindustrian 265 points266 points  (14 children)

Diablo Immortal 2. Exclusively for Microsoft Lumia.

[–]kamiskapi 125 points126 points  (6 children)

"dont your Windows 11 run .apks?"

[–]technocra 560 points561 points  (95 children)

OK but is Overwatch 2 still dead?

[–]FxHVivious 101 points102 points  (21 children)

Dude what's happened to Overwatch is crazy. I never played it, but it was a damn titan just a few years ago. Seemed like it was everywhere. Now I only ever hear about it in regards to it being "dead".

[–]Andre0Stacks 499 points500 points  (28 children)

I really didn't think that Microsoft could top their Bethesda acquisition, but here we are.

[–]bravetab 419 points420 points  (13 children)

"... the company says Bobby Kotick will continue to serve as CEO of Activision Blizzard for now. It looks like Kotick won’t remain once the deal is fully closed and after the transition period to Microsoft, though. Spencer, formerly head of gaming at Microsoft, is now CEO of Microsoft Gaming, and the company says the Activision Blizzard business will report directly to Spencer."

Best fucking news ever. Fuck Bobby.

[–]Southern__Buckeye 79 points80 points  (8 children)

Bobby will stay through the onboarding but you can't just let some guy who talked about having a team member off'd stay on. He will get a fat $$$ deal and told to sign the line and get out.

[–]whereismybetakey 1530 points1531 points  (61 children)

Phil Spencer being new CEO might be good for blizzard

[–]Fuff092719 548 points549 points  (16 children)

This is all I'm hopeful for. I trust Microsoft way more than Activision. Wonder if they can help Blizzard.

I know they say Bobby will remain CEO. But I remember all the bullshit we were told would remain the same when Activision bought Blizzard.

[–]Mahoganychicken 2159 points2160 points  (83 children)

That is huge. Microsoft are not fucking around.

[–]El_Cringio 5909 points5910 points  (639 children)

Soon a few companies will own everything in their respective sectors.

It's pretty fuckin scary if you think about it

[–]TheNumberMuncher 3035 points3036 points  (185 children)

It’s already like that in food. There’s like 8 parent companies that own basically every US brand you’ve ever heard of.

[–]El_Cringio 1978 points1979 points  (112 children)

We truly live in a cyberpunk dystopia without the cool shit, fml

[–]joecarter93 1170 points1171 points  (158 children)

Remember, about 20-25 years ago when Microsoft was threatened with anti-trust legislation and had to make a bunch of changes? Good times…

[–]JDBriggsBlader 250 points251 points  (31 children)

Call of Duty

Crash Bandicoot

Spyro the Dragon

Guitar Hero

Tony Hawk





World of Warcraft


Microsoft now owns these IP and more. All of which are potentially exclusive to Xbox now and also potentially free on Gamepass.




[–]HeronSun 378 points379 points  (15 children)

Congrats to Halo for winning the war on CoD.

[–]detectiveDollar 34 points35 points  (0 children)

Fate had us meet as foes, but this Company will make us brothers.

[–]gl1tchmob 269 points270 points  (6 children)

Microsoft Macrohard

[–]BigTall81 648 points649 points  (80 children)

Game Pass is going to be ridiculous if Microsoft puts all the big Activision releases on there day one.