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Microsoft Offering 'Concessions' to Ease Chances of Activision Blizzard Deal Going Through

A new report says that that Microsoft will make concessions in order to preserve its Activision Blizzard deal in Europe, with hopes to appease regulators more generally too.

The Federal Trade Commission May File Antitrust Lawsuit to Block the Microsoft-Activision Blizzard Deal

Microsoft's nearly $69 billion dollar proposed acquisition of Activision Blizzard might be hitting a new snag. A federal antitrust lawsuit may be incoming, seeking to block the deal.

Microsoft Has Reportedly Laid Off A Little Under 1000 Staff, Including Members Of The Gaming Division

Microsoft has laid off hundreds of its staff across multiple divisions, with speculation including its Xbox gaming sector, in a move that is described as a shift in business priorities.

Microsoft's Acivision-Blizzard Deal Hits UK Regulatory Snag Over Anti-Competitive Concerns

Microsoft and Activision-Blizzard have days to respond to a UK regulatory agency's report of concerns that the deal would harm competition. If their responses are insufficient, it could go to a tighter review.

UK Agency Opens Investigation into If Approving Microsoft's Deal for Activision Blizzard Would Harm Consumers

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.

Halo's 343 Industries Exploring Microtransactions For Master Chief Collection

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.

Opinion: Starfield Is Not Next-Gen

Shank breaks down the footage from Bethesda's Starfield gameplay reveal and explains why he doesn't believe the upcoming sci-fi RPG is next-gen.

Microsoft and CWA Union Enter Agreement to Recognize Unionization, Including if Activision Blizzard Deal Closes

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 Delays Starfield and Vampire Co-op Shooter Redfall into the 'First Half' of 2023

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.

New York City Suing Activision Blizzard Over Allegedly Rushed Microsoft Deal by Bobby Kotick to Escape Liability

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.

Activision Blizzard Shareholders Accept Microsoft Sale With 98% Yes Votes

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 to Vote on Microsoft Sale and Possible Big Payouts for Bobby Kotick and Others

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.

New Report Details Workplace Culture and Harassment at Undead Labs

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 'Will Honor' Activision Blizzard Employees' Decisions on Unionization, According to a New Report

Microsoft, which agreed to buy Activision Blizzard, has said it will honor that company's employees' decisions if they choose to unionize.

More Game Companies Are Joining In The Digital Blockade Against Russia

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.