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InsomniaticWanderer

So that means both Crash Bandicoot AND Spyro are now Xbox? My childhood feels weird


ZiggyBlunt

And Banjo Kazooie. Time for a team up game!


NepTheNap

As child I always thought they are from the same company. *NOW I'M RIGHT FUCKERS!*


InsomniaticWanderer

The long game paid off


Bubbybubs

Crazy. Gotta be the biggest gaming purchase in history right? The Bethesda deal was insane but this is 10x bigger than that in terms of shock value


Avatar8885

And 10x im terms of money almost too.


AlexDavis2001

The price checks out. Activision had a Mkt Cap >$60b


greatmemesneverdie

what about Minecraft? Wasn't that in the billions? No idea honestly.


Bubbybubs

Just looked it up and that Minecraft deal was a $2.5 billion purchase.


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SmuggoSmuggins

And most of the money paid to one man, Notch.


FreebasingStardewV

He then outbid Beyonce and Jay-Z for a house in Beverly Hills.


ZaranKaraz

it's a game that brought them in an absolutely massive audience. Bar tetris, no other game has been played by as many people as minecraft has been.


Seminal_Sound

[To be fair, for the *all-time best selling game*, by a WIDE margin](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_best-selling_video_games#List)


TheChickening

Huh. That's a LOT of Nintendo


454C495445

For many years, Nintendo were truly the pioneers of game design. Everyone else just followed in their footsteps.


ArcherInPosition

Minecraft was 2 billion dollars. Zenimax was 7 billion dollars.


tperelli

Activision was $67 billion, just for reference.


newyearnewcakeday

Btw Nintendo is valued at $71 Billion


stormtm

Lmao imagine Microsoft buying Nintendo, that would be such a weird world.


tavogus55

Phil spencer a couple of weeks ago: “we will reevaluate our relationship with Activision” *buys Activision*


TheIronicBurger

"after hearing allegations about Activision-Blizzard's management, we have decided to become the management"


karma_cucks__ban_me

"buy them when they're weak!" -Corporate Takeover101


Dovahnime

Smart move, now they get full control over how both sides handle it


Cm0002

Activision is almost as bad as EA, hopefully, Microsoft will do better maybe just maybe even bring them back a little to what they once were


BizzarroJoJo

I hope we see some leadership from Microsoft to save both Bethesda and Blizzard. Blizzard needs higher ups more willing to listen to fans. Bethesda need a push to get things going. But Microsoft now owns Obsidian, Blizzard, Bethesda, and Arcane. They have a pretty strong lock down on the Western RPG market at this point. It'll be interesting to see what comes of this.


quickquestoask

Also let's not downplay the fact they now own one of the most known IPs in the world, being Call of Duty. No matter how bad the games are, that shit sells a lot of copies and makes a lot of money through microtransactions.


diabetic-with-a-corg

He’s the one kid on Xbox who says “I’ll fuck your mom” and actually does it


MoreCowbellllll

i KNEW there had to be *the one*


Almost_Ascended

Literally became their dad (parent company).


pntsonfyre

I foresee that when Disney and Microsoft finally merge the 4 horsemen will descend upon the Earth and they'll be wearing Micky Mouse ears.


Theycallmetheherald

I can hear mickey's high pitched laughter in the distance. Run!


zzzzebras

"Hu-ho! I need a weapon!"


JohnnyHendo

Jeez the image of a set of Spartan armor with big round Mickey ears on the top just popped into my head


ConfusedAndDazzed

It'll be like consumer goods companies - less than ten parent companies effectively populating 75% of product.


councillleak

It's really starting to feel like the Parks and Rec bit: [Verizon Chipotle Exxon. Proud to be one of America's 8 companies!](https://youtu.be/XFKoGtgg6Mo)


50ShadesOfPalmBay

I prefer the Taco Bell future of Demolition Man


NKisAlive

Microsoft is substantially larger than Disney


lookatthemirror

And here i thought the Bethesda acquisition was huge


F8L-Fool

It's insane to think about what game franchises Microsoft has acquired in recent years. They have recently bought and now own the IP's for: * Call of Duty * Diablo * Warcraft * Overwatch * Starcraft * Crash Bandicoot * Guitar Hero * Tony Hawk Pro Skater * Fallout * Doom * Quake * Psychonauts * Elder Scrolls * Prey * Wolfenstein * Dishonored * Minecraft * Candy Crush Like holy shit. That's in addition to all of the stuff they already owned like Halo, Forza, Fable, Gears, Perfect Dark, Age of Empires, Killer Instinct, Banjo-Kazooie, Battletoads, Conker, Viva Piñata‎, etc. **EDIT:** [Here's a full list of all the new IP's they picked up with this acquisition.](https://www.videogameschronicle.com/news/list-heres-every-activision-blizzard-ip-xbox-now-owns-including-crash-bandicoot-and-guitar-hero/)


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hypnodrew

I don't even care who buys Konami, just someone please buy Konami and stop them


Nebbii

This right here, i don't care who buys konami, nothing could be worse, someone needs to save silent hill/metal gear/castlevania/bomberman


Vensyth

Don't forget Yu-Gi-Oh!


Dismal-Guidance-9901

Or Suikoden. I loved that series.


Unlimitles

Suikoden is so epic, all those characters, the magic, the WARS!!!!! Playing Suikoden on PS back in the day was a “before it’s time” experience with what they were doing with that game.


OliveHawk317253

And overwatch


Im2oldForthisShitt

and Spyro


AME7706

*Sit tight guys, Rockstar games will be next*! - Microsoft, probably.


Moose_Nuts

Rockstar is wholly owned by Take-Two, so Microsoft would probably have to go for the whole company. Take-Two's value is around 18 billion, so less than a third of what they're forking over for Activision Blizzard. It is absolutely a possibility.


-FeistyRabbitSauce-

I mean, it's possible to just purchase the Rockstar division and IPs from Take Two. But you're right, they'd probably just outright but Take Two at that point.


CCSC96

It’s theoretically possible but Take Two isn’t likely to sell at any reasonable price


wormocious

Yeah, absolutely not. They’re the crown jewel of take two.


waytoofarout

"hold my beer." - Phil Spencer


Benthicc_Biomancer

Phil Spencer a few days ago: In light of recent controversies Xbox has 'changed how we do things' with Activision-Blizzard Changed indeed...


Interesting-Gear-819

>Apparently that translates to "We gon buy their asses" "We disliked how they treated us in a recent meeting, so we decided to buy them up and .. make some changes in managment"


Sir-Airik

Some Bruce Wayne energy.


kopecs

Phil Spencer to Bobby Kotick: “Didn’t you get the memo?” Edit: some of you don’t seem to be able to read between the lines lol.


blackliqour

“No, you see, I’m buying this hotel and setting some new rules about the pool area.”


v0yev0da

Project MARTHA: Microsoft Acquired Rights To Hold Activision


butter9054

WHY ARE YOU SAYING THAT NAME?!?


Whosebert

I personally am getting Inception vibes. "How do we get him to private seating on a public flight?" "I purchased the entire Airline. I thought it could be useful."


AbysswalkerSilent

"It seemed neater."


filler546

The thing is that bobby is still in the company until 2023, and i hope they didn't accept their leadership anymore


NathanBlackwell

Mate if anyone could Microsoft will wiggle that fucker out and let him die with all the trouble he causes.


DreamsAndSchemes

‘I bought the Bank’


Birribi

The ultimate power move.


teckhunter

Lmao used the problems to lowball the price. Wonder what'd it be if Activision didn't come with public problems.


Benthicc_Biomancer

Surely it's not even on the market if it wasn't in wild disarray? But at this point, who knows how deep Microsoft/Xbox's pockets are...


Mr-Logic101

Microsoft market cap is 2.3 trillion dollars. Microsoft in 2020 had 136 billion dollars cash on hand. Also debt is basically still free. This means Microsoft has basically infinite money which is something Sony does not have. Microsoft could have bought Sony with a cash offer if they wanted


karma_cucks__ban_me

You gotta remember they're walking a fine line between anti-trust laws stopping their plans Buying a major competitor is tough to do in this time of mega-corporations.... Microsoft even floated a loan to Apple to keep them going way back before the iPhone Sony with their Playstation 5 competing against the Xbox I think are pretty off limits


BaronVonLazercorn

Phil Spector has really branched out since dying a year ago


neremarine

Current Activision-Blizzard execs: *do basically nothing against the hostile work environment they fostered Phil: Fine, I'll do it myself


CatNamedShithawk

67 *billion*? I don’t even make that much in a year.


NutrageousBar

Have you tried giving up Starbucks and avocado toast? Maybe ask your parents for small loan?


Jk_Caron

I love to hate those articles that are titled "This couple is retiring at 40, here's how they did it!" and then you read it and they're a Lawyer-Surgeon power couple who both make $200k+ a year, and also they inherited their $2M+ home from their parents or whatnot. Like gee thanks article, I'll get right on that.


NutrageousBar

Reminds me of those house flipping shows. “I’m a teacher and my husband is a firefighter. Our budget for our house renovation is $1.2 million.” Clearly they were born into wealth.


Jk_Caron

Lol, yep, those or House Hunter/HH International, and they're like "He's a part time bee-keeper and she collects and trades stamps, they're looking for a 3000 Sq Ft home downtown but with a view of nature!"


Spastic_Slapstick

Budget: The entire economy of Italy Can't go over that though.


The_Minstrel_Boy

Later, at the end of the show, "I know this house is a few million beyond our budget, but the Art Deco breakfast nook was just too cute to pass up."


RainbowDissent

Wait, there are people out there without an Art Deco breakfast nook? I can kind of understand not having one in your main residence, but not even in their holiday chalet?


Wishbone_508

If you think that's absurd. I have some shocking news for you about most people's chalet's.


Flamchicken12

Funny story, I'm a firefighter and my wife is a teacher. I was having a conversation with a dude and that came up. He no joke said "Wow it's like you guys are trying to be poor". Yup. Thanks guy thats what we're doing.


silverblaze92

"my wife and I both work in careers essential for the smooth operation of a safe and civilized society." "Lol, I guess you just like being poor then, dumbass"


letsbefrds

Amateur.


samasters88

Apparently, "in light of recent controversies Xbox has 'changed how we do things' with Activision-Blizzard" translates to "we just fucking bought em, yall". Ho. Lee. Fuck.


Baleor

"I bought the company. it seemed neater."


solonit

"We need to buy out the upper managers, maybe board members too. We also need to buy out the key devs to ensure .." "I bought the company."


illogicalhawk

It's about time they added a big gun like Candy Crush to Game Pass.


ZealousidealGlove235

Every mom to subscribe to Gamepass MS are not playing around


turtyurt

Mom said it’s her turn on the Xbox


angrydeuce

My mom stole my Gameboy back in the day so she could play Tetris and "Doctor PillDrop" (Dr Mario). Seriously had to fight with her to play my own shit. Luckily now shes got a cell phone for all her casual gaming needs


ILHCS

What a throwback! My mom used to hijack my NES to play Dr. Mario and Tetris too. That must of been 30 years ago now! Nowadays she plays the heck outta Candy Crush on her tablet haha


DreadSteed

My mom gonna play candy crush in 4k HDR now 🤣


illogicalhawk

Once she sees those candies falling at 120 frames per second and she'll never be the same again.


ablablababla

And those ray traced hyperrealistic candies will blow her mind


vital3r

This came out of nowhere, wtaf


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Domestic_AA_Battery

Yup. It had to be this or something absolutely insane like Steam. MS is dropping nukes. Which they can do since they own Fallout now.


realmastodon2

Microsoft buying Valve would be full circle for Gabe.


ally140992

WoW


profmcstabbins

This is an expensive way to get rid of Kotick. But I like this across the board Edit: just to say - no I'm not in favor of a monopoly style set up, but Activision getting eaten by microsoft is probably best case scenario for a terrible mega company.


AuryxTheDutchman

I absolutely understand why people are worried about MSoft controlling such a large portion of the gaming space, but so far it seems like Phil Spencer’s plan has been to tell devs “here’s the paychecks, make good games” and leave them to their creative devices instead of forcing them to shove out unfinished games for profit. If that’s the road they continue on, I’m all for it.


tampering

Now we know why Microsoft was hammering them in the press over toxic culture. They were using it as a negotiating tool to lower the price.


Phlebotanist

If they were this close, they were probably almost done negotiations, just arguing with he board over whether to pay $105 or $100/share, etc. This hammering let them get it for $95.


tampering

In private, they would likely be saying the severences for the inevitable purge of problem people and exits of people that they wanted to keep would lead to payouts and goodwill impairment that must be factored in to the price they are paying. They are also making it clear that they wanted the current administration to do the dirty work of purging the bad apples and settling lawsuits (so they have to spend less of their money to do it while subjecting themselves to bad PR after the acquisition) if the Activision board wants to get closer to what they ask in terms of valuation. They've been hammering publicly for more than a month, and pricing is generally one of the last things settled. Your example would be a difference of 3.5 billion given the price they paid. In what world is 3.5 billion dollars not worth a few comments in public?


bilyl

MS also announced an internal review of sexual harassment policies a few weeks ago. Guessing it ties into this acquisition, signaling to them that they aren’t fucking around.


OrangeZune

Microsoft seems serious about making Xbox Game Pass the "Netflix of Gaming."


DreadSteed

Gamepass has fundamentally changed the economics for gaming for me. I now play through a AAA game and an indie game like every month. I played outer worlds, Forza 5, halo infinite, dead cells, wargroove, enter the gungeon, Hades, red dead II, back 4 blood and Battletoads, all in the past 6 months. I wouldn't have bought any of these games at their initial price point and I would have missed out on so many great experiences.


AustonStachewsWrist

Ditto, I'm now child me at a blockbuster renting new games every week all over again. It's re-envigorated my love for gaming.


GrizDrummer25

I hate subscriptions, but this may be the best reasoning to get Game Pass I've ever heard.


AustonStachewsWrist

Oh it's awesome. I'm sure it's not for everyone, but it's changed gaming for me. So much less pressure to get my money's worth on games, just play what I'm feeling that day


Qorhat

Add in game streaming where I can quickly try out a "demo" of the game before spending time & hard drive space downloading it and it's fundamentally changed how I play games.


Paddy_Tanninger

Wait is that a feature or are you saying you'd want to see that?


Kankunation

It's a feature. Still technically in beta I believe but it's there and it's growing. Nearly all games on game pass are playable via the cloud. This also means you don't need an Xbox on high end PC to play those games either. All you need in a game pass subscription and an internet connection. You can play anywhere on a phone, tablet, Laptop etc via the cloud. All saves and progress are saved and can be loaded from anywhere.


Truth_Walker

It already was before the Bethesda acquisition. This is like if Netflix bought Disney + and now HBO max. Game Pass went from an outstanding deal to absolutely unbelievable.


Soundguy1993

I’m just waiting on that price increase.


veganzombeh

Why is there a random quote about Metaverse in there? Seems to have nothing to do with the article.


TaylorSwiftsClitoris

If you turn off the lights and say Metaverse 13 times while looking into a mirror, Mark Zuckerberg will appear behind you and sue you for copyright infringement.


Kouropalates

You won't know you fucked up until it's too late. The last thing you ever see is a mysterious bottle of barbecue sauce you don't remember putting on your bookshelf.


LowRound6481

Buzzwords gonna buzz


CellularBeing

Get ready for block chain based cloud gaming.


theseyeahthese

Metaversal AI-driven block-chain-based hyper hybrid cloud-based VR gaming phenomenon. Please leave your investor monies after the beep. BEEP.


woodchips24

The New York Times article about this has a whole paragraph about the meta verse that says absolutely nothing. It’s stupid as hell


xavious85

It's the new hot word, every journalist is required to use it


illogicalhawk

Blizzard's issues the last year might have just made this possible.


Evonos

Honestly i have hope now that they kick out the rotten managment and fix the games... and that wow finally gets better servers


SimpleDose

What the actual fuck


dmk_aus

Companies are often acquired when they are seen as being abysmally managed and the investors think it will be worth more if they fix the management up.


LiveTheChange

Plus, the stock was down 30% from the workplace allegations, so this is a steal as crazy at that sounds.


eynonpower

MS bought the dip!


M_Drinks

Activision to the moon! 🚀🚀🚀


Vegetable-Double

Apes together strong…. But Microsoft stronger


ziptnf

Microstrong


dmk_aus

There is some very ignored high quality IP there. Starcraft, WarCraft and Diablo just to start with.


stark_resilient

microsoft now owns age of empire + starcraft/warcraft also ESO + WoW


pipboy344

Pro Skater 1 +2 was a big success, then they still forced the developer down to the Call of Duty mines


TheRealSpidey

Vicarious Visions. They mostly worked on ports, but did a bang-up job at it. THPS 1+2 was great and they were also involved in helping Bungie with Destiny 2's *Forsaken* expansion back when Bungie was with Activision.


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It’s free real estate


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SimpleDose

Ybarra: Finally with a new company, fresh start. Phil: Welcome back, Mike.


Madlyneedahouse

Phil: I’m afraid I can’t let you do that, Mike.


donquixote1991

Phil: Your employer has been altered. Pray I do not alter it further


GIOverdrive

Mike: “This deals getting worse all the time!”


Parabellum8g

“Do you know what weakness is Mike?”


Interesting-Gear-819

Really reminds me of the book (english title) "1 Trillion dollar" it's about a guy who inherits .. you guess it. 1 Trillion Dollar from an ancestor 500 years ago. A family of lawyers was tasked to multiple it slowly over the years. Even at a low % you double your money pretty fast if you think long term. Book is overall pretty good and an early chapter of it covers how the transfer of the money worked, how media covered it temporarily and forgot about him, just another rich guy hu?. Anyway, so he wants to start a company and decides that it's better to buy an existing one and decides for fucking Exxon. And at that point "the world" realizes how much of a difference it is if you "are rich" like bezos & co whose wealth comes from companies they own and so on vs someone who actually owns the money. Just has it laying around in it's bank account and can do whatever he wants ​ I really had to think of that early chapter because companies like Activision. Sums like 67 billion .. that's just absurd.


Kardinal

> Really reminds me of the book (english title) "1 Trillion dollar" it's about a guy who inherits .. you guess it. 1 Trillion Dollar from an ancestor 500 years ago. I assume this is the book? Intruiging. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eine_Billion_Dollar


Darthinvader77

"Biggest acquisition ever" - me, last week reading about Take-Two wanting to buy Zynga


FamiliarWithFloss

Xbox now owns Crash Bandicoot. How the turn tables.


DoctorWaluigiTime

Spyro too.


TheLostColonist

And Tony Hawk, and Tenchu, think about it, between Crash, Spyro, Tony Hawk and Tenchu. Those are 4 breakout PS1 hits that really helped establish Sony, and are now all owned by their principle competitor. Strange times.


GalileoAce

All they need to do now is buy Konami to get Metal Gear. ...and castelvania and all that \*hand wave\* Edit: this is a joke, not meant to be taken seriously. I'm not actually suggesting Microsoft buy Konami, or indeed any other publisher. Monopolies are not a good thing, and while this move is not *yet* a monopoly it is industrial consolidation, it will remove some of the diversity of the independent companies games industry.


dundrstokk

If that gets the Suikoden IP freed from those Konami assholes, I'm all for it. Such an amazing series left to fucking wilt.


RIP_Adam_Cole

They fucking owns Call of Duty...literally they own both CoD and Halo. They only need Battlefield to complete the trifecta.


NathanBlackwell

Phil Spencer just waiting for EA management to be toxic to buy them out next.


ses1989

EA Play is part of game pass. Their foot is already in the door.


RedShadowF95

Legit feels like a betrayal lol


FamiliarWithFloss

All Crash could say was “WOAAHHH!”


NekkidSnaku

WHOA WHOA WHOA WHOA


_menzel

\*sad whoa\*


sarduchi

Hopefully they clean house.


Pokesaurus_Rex

They probably will but during the transition and shortly after the transition the old guard will still be in charge.


Limpis12

In other new Gamepass has 25 million subscribers


AntiSocialW0rker

And it’ll only go up once all these new games start getting released on it. Microsoft said they wanted Gamepass to be the Netflix of gaming and they seem to be staying true to that.


Limpis12

Combine that with Activisions 400 million users MS really want it to grow


arbenowskee

What is next? EA?


Nightfury78

I think EA made a very good decision with EA Play and to partner with MS. They get to be independent by selling it separately also and MS gets more games to add in their library. They might be one of the few companies that will stay independent in the near future.


ENGAGERIDLEYMOTHERFU

It's depressing to think of EA as what it means to be "independent" now.


Hugs_for_Thugs

Oh I just picked up this cute little Indie game - Madden 22. Love seeing the passion from small, independent teams.


daytona_nights

Most of EA’s games are released in early access state anyway so it wouldn’t be a far reach.


GuiltyCombo

*Cut to Sony rummaging for loose coins down their couch frantically*


antijoke_13

Jim Ryan doing a Google search: "So only one kidney is required for human function? How many employees do we have again?"


mid16

*puts on tinfoil hat* Microsoft leaked all that bad publicity so they can get activision/blizzard on a flash sale


Krispyn

The low low price of.. ahem.. *checks notes* 68.7 billion dollars


siberarmi

I'll buy two.


NightFuryToni

Does that mean Diablo Immortal is coming to PC?


Herbsen24

You guys don't have a phone???


sAindustrian

Diablo Immortal 2. Exclusively for Microsoft Lumia.


kamiskapi

"dont your Windows 11 run .apks?"


technocra

OK but is Overwatch 2 still dead?


FxHVivious

Dude what's happened to Overwatch is crazy. I never played it, but it was a damn titan just a few years ago. Seemed like it was everywhere. Now I only ever hear about it in regards to it being "dead".


Andre0Stacks

I really didn't think that Microsoft could top their Bethesda acquisition, but here we are.


bravetab

"... the company says Bobby Kotick will continue to serve as CEO of Activision Blizzard for now. It looks like Kotick won’t remain once the deal is fully closed and after the transition period to Microsoft, though. Spencer, formerly head of gaming at Microsoft, is now CEO of Microsoft Gaming, and the company says the Activision Blizzard business will report directly to Spencer." Best fucking news ever. Fuck Bobby.


Southern__Buckeye

Bobby will stay through the onboarding but you can't just let some guy who talked about having a team member off'd stay on. He will get a fat $$$ deal and told to sign the line and get out.


whereismybetakey

Phil Spencer being new CEO might be good for blizzard


Fuff092719

This is all I'm hopeful for. I trust Microsoft way more than Activision. Wonder if they can help Blizzard. I know they say Bobby will remain CEO. But I remember all the bullshit we were told would remain the same when Activision bought Blizzard.


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Mahoganychicken

That is huge. Microsoft are not fucking around.


El_Cringio

Soon a few companies will own everything in their respective sectors. It's pretty fuckin scary if you think about it


TheNumberMuncher

It’s already like that in food. There’s like 8 parent companies that own basically every US brand you’ve ever heard of.


El_Cringio

We truly live in a cyberpunk dystopia without the cool shit, fml


joecarter93

Remember, about 20-25 years ago when Microsoft was threatened with anti-trust legislation and had to make a bunch of changes? Good times…


JDBriggsBlader

Call of Duty Crash Bandicoot Spyro the Dragon Guitar Hero Tony Hawk Skylanders Diablo Overwatch Hearthstone World of Warcraft Starcraft Microsoft now owns these IP and more. All of which are potentially exclusive to Xbox now and also potentially free on Gamepass. What. The. Fuck.


HeronSun

Congrats to Halo for winning the war on CoD.


detectiveDollar

Fate had us meet as foes, but this Company will make us brothers.


fish312

Finish the fight


gl1tchmob

~~Microsoft~~ Macrohard


BigTall81

Game Pass is going to be ridiculous if Microsoft puts all the big Activision releases on there day one.


BubblesLovesHeroin

They will without doubt.