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Sea of Thieves Coming to PlayStation 5, New Platforms Also Confirmed for Grounded, Pentiment, Hi-Fi Rush

Microsoft has confirmed Sea of Thieves, Hi-Fi Rush, Pentiment, and Grounded are all headed to new platforms, with some out today.


Phil Spencer Says We Can Expect Future Activision Blizzard Games on Game Pass on Day One

Now that Microsoft has owned Activision Blizzard for months, Xbox' Phil Spencer says we will begin seeing day one Game Pass releases for new titles.


FTC Targets Microsoft, Activision-Blizzard For Gaming Division Layoffs After Merger Approval 

A member of the USA's Federal Trade Commission has filed a letter of complaint against the merger of Activision-Blizzard into Microsoft.


Palworld Surpasses Another Mega Feat As The Biggest Third Party Launch on Game Pass

Palworld has captivated over 19 million players thus far, and it only appears to be growing day by day. The traction has been so great for the creature collector that it is now the biggest third-party launch on Gamepass in history. 


Communication Workers of America Says Microsoft Layoffs Impacted Zero (But Maybe One?) Unionized Workers

Last week's brutal layoff announcement from Microsoft has led the Communication Workers of America to highlight what it claims were zero unionized workers it represents affected. Though one has come forward to deny this.


Blizzard Names Former Call of Duty GM Johanna Faries As President

Blizzard's next president will be former NFL and Call of Duty exec Johanna Faries, the company reported today in a post on the Blizzard website.


Microsoft Lays Off 1,900 Activision Blizzard and Xbox Employees; Mike Ybarra Leaves

After finding overlap post-acquisition, Microsoft Lays Off 1,900 mostly Activision Blizzard employees, and ends some Xbox and ZeniMax roles. Blizzard president Mike Ybarra announced today is his last day, leaving the company.


Microsoft Has Reportedly Considered Bringing Sea Of Thieves To PS5 And Switch

Earlier today, reports started to circulate from industry insiders that Microsoft has reportedly considered bringing one of its first-party IPs, Sea of Thieves, to rival Sony and Nintendo platforms.


Microsoft and ZeniMax Workers Union Reach Tentative, 'Human-Centered', Agreement Over AI Usage

Following a deal that will convert some contract employees to full time Microsoft employees, negotiations between Microsoft and ZeniMax Workers United have resulted in a new tentative agreement over the use of AI. 


Microsoft and ZeniMax Union Deal Grants Some Contract Workers Employee Status and Pay Raises

Microsoft is converting workers from ZeniMax Workers United from contract work into unionized employees. This affects 23 out of 77 workers in the group and means both access to benefits and a pay raise.


Microsoft and Inworld Announce Multi-Year AI Deal For Toolkit To Generate Quests, Dialogue, and Stories

Xbox and Inworld AI have announced a multi-year deal to develop AI game dialogue and narrative tools to generate stories, quests, dialogue, and more things that humans create.


Microsoft Reiterates Commitment To Labor Neutrality Agreement With Communication Workers of America

Now that the deal to acquire Activision Blizzard is complete, Microsoft's Brad Smith has reiterated the company's commmitment to its 2022 labor neutrality agreement with the Communication Workers of America, which represents several industry unions.


Court Documents Have Leaked News That The Xbox Is Getting A Mid-Cycle Refresh

As the FTC furiously attempts to stop the Microsoft acquisition of Activision Blizzard, documents presented in its case are pulling back the veil of some of the tech giant's upcoming plans, including a mid-cycle refresh version of its Xbox Series consoles.


The Next Elder Scrolls Game Expected In or After 2026, Likely Xbox and PC Exclusive

According to legal case documents, the next Elder Scrolls game expected in or after 2026, and a possible Xbox/PC exclusive.


The FTC Suspends its Internal Challenge to Prevent Microsoft-Activision Blizzard Deal, While UK Negotiates

After recent court losses, the FTC has suspended its internal challenge to investigate and block the Microsoft-Activision acquision deal. The UK is the lone major holdout, and is engaging with the companies on changes.