For $68.7 billion, Microsoft plans to acquire Activision Blizzard, the publisher of Call of Duty, World of Warcraft, and Diablo. The deal will make Microsoft the world's third-biggest gaming company by revenue, behind Tencent and Sony.
Furthermore, Xbox Game Pass will also include Activision's games. Thereafter, they will have the right to publish world-famous franchises like Warcraft, Diablo, Overwatch, Call of Duty, and Candy Crush.
Phil Spencer, Microsoft's chief of gaming, stated, "As soon as Game Pass is closed, we will offer as many Activision Blizzard games as possible, both brand new titles and classic titles from Activision Blizzard's catalog."
Activision Blizzard is a really big organization that also contains brands listed as follows which will also be part of Microsoft,
- Blizzard Entertainment
- Major League Gaming (MLG)
- Radical Entertainment
- Raven Software
- Sledgehammer Games
- Toys for Bob
- Digital Legends
- High Moon Studios
- Infinity Ward
According to Microsoft, there are 25 million subscribers to Xbox Game Pass. The details of how Microsoft plans to fix different issues reported by Blizzard are not yet known, so stay tuned for more information. In his new position at Activision Blizzard, Phil Spencer will oversee future operations.
What do you think about this acquisition? Do you think Microsoft will take the gaming experience to the next level?