Following the $70 billion purchase of Activision Blizzard, Microsoft is now the third-largest gaming company in the world behind Tencent and Sony. Activision Blizzard is responsible for notable titles like Call of Duty and World of Warcraft, all of which now belong to Microsoft. Once the deal officially closes, all these games and franchises will be added to Xbox Game Pass.
“Upon close, we will offer as many Activision Blizzard games as we can within Xbox Game Pass and PC Game Pass, both new titles and games from Activision Blizzard’s incredible catalog,” said Phil Spencer, Microsoft’s CEO of gaming. “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.”
Spencer’s quote could be construed as a subtle shot at Activision Blizzard boss Bobby Kotick, who’s been lambasted for allowing a culture of harassment at the company during his tenure as leader. Perhaps the most interesting part of this deal will be Kotick’s future at the company. This could drag on for awhile however, as the deal is expected to close in the 2023 fiscal year.
(All information was provided by The Source)