The UK has opened an investigation into whether approval of the pending deal by Microsoft to acquire Activision Blizzard would lead to reduced choice, higher prices, and harm to consumers.
Microsoft is toying with the idea of bringing microtransactions to its collection of Halo titles, a new post on Waypoint states. 343 Industries mentions it's "exploring the potential" to bring microtransactions to Halo: Master Chief collection down the road in the form of purchasable Spartan Points.
Microsoft has entered into a "labor neutrality agreement" with the Communications Workers of America, that will recognize employees' right to unionize and not get in their way. The terms will also apply to Activision Blizzard workers 60 days after that deal closes.
Bethesda has delayed both Starfield and vampire open-world co-op shooter Redfall into the first half of 2023, but promises gameplay deep dives soon.
Activision Blizzard has been sued by a New York City group that alleges CEO Bobby Kotick was "unfit to negotiate" a deal, which they claim was rushed, made to avoid liability, and undervalues the company.
With 98% of the shareholders' approval, Activision Blizzard has approved sale to Microsoft. This advances the deal a step further, but there are regulatory obstacles ahead that some believe are cause for doubt.
Activision Blizzard shareholders are voting tomorrow on whether to approve sale to Microsoft, and whether or not to open the door for huge payouts for top officials, including $22 million to Bobby Kotick, should they leave the new company post-merger.
Undead Labs, the studio cofounded (and later sold to Microcoft by) Jeff Strain, known for the State of Decay series, is the latest subject of an investigative report about harassment, discrimination, and mistreatment at a games company.
Microsoft, which agreed to buy Activision Blizzard, has said it will honor that company's employees' decisions if they choose to unionize.
As Russia's war of aggression wages against Ukraine, companies from all over the Western world have been joining in to isolate Russia. The games industry isn't being left out here, with major companies announcing they are joining the likes of Visa, Mastercard and more in boycotting Russia.
The huge deal between Microsoft and Activision Blizzard will come under antitrust review by the US Federal Trade Commission, which could mean a tough review.
The news that Activision Blizzard King has been sold to Microsoft for nearly $70 billion dollars is still reverberating through the community. Blizzard's Mike Ybarra has released a statement about the deal and what it means for the company going forward.
Activision Blizzard looked for other buyers before discussions with Microsoft. As CEO Bobby Kotick downplays discrimination allegations on the company stock price, as some detail his future exit, while workers plan to continue fighting.
Announced this morning, Microsoft is set to acquire gaming giant Activision Blizzard for $68.7 Billion, bringing the Call of Duty and World of Warcraft publisher under their gaming umbrella. This move would make Microsoft the third largest game company by revenue behind Sony and Tencent.