Or GamePass becomes a $19.99 subscription, with the slogan of "$5 cheaper than the previous two subscriptions!!!"If that means the $15 month-by-month WoW sub becomes $9-10/month Game Pass, it would be a pretty sweet deal for people who still play WoW on an on-going basis. I only play in 3-4 months bursts on new content drops.
Or perhaps they're just hoping with the extensive game library, they bring in the WOW players that only pay for subscriptions after new content updates, but hoping they'll stay on gamepass all year long and never leave.Or GamePass becomes a $19.99 subscription, with the slogan of "$5 cheaper than the previous two subscriptions!!!"
Yea they are going to get a huge amount of IP, from this purchase. As long as they can Bobby Kotick, and don't screw up WoW, I will be happy with this purchase.Activision Blizzard has all kinds of IPs they are also attempting to buy, lets not forget that part of the acquisition.
Even with this huge acquisition they will still be 3rd in the gaming department.This will make Microsoft the third-largest gaming company by revenue after Tencent and Sony.
I dont think MS would purchase ABK without cleaning house as far as problematic policies and personnel are concerned. I just hope that they stop pandering to China and their political agendas.This seems like a really boneheaded move given all the scandals ABK is involved in right now. Yes, there's a lot of IP here. There's also a ton of house cleaning needed. Microsoft bought damaged goods. I didn't expect to see Microsoft purchase a company they were "evaluating their relationship with" in the face of so many scandals.
I'm hoping that Microsoft reaches into ABK's huge IP catalog and starts pumping out all sorts of content. They own so many franchises -- from Warcraft and Call of Duty, to Spyro and Geometry Wars. There's so much good that Microsoft can do if they take the focus off pushing out a new Call of Duty every year. I'd love to see a new take on Spyro in particular.
I said, "I hope," I didn't say, "I think."A good chunk of the price is buying out the stock options of the upper management. They won't stick around.
If you think people are going to stop pandering to one of the largest customer bases in the world...well I have news.
Admittedly, Microsoft is the only company I can recall that shut down their China division for copyright violations, but that was many years ago.
China is the largest gaming customer on planet.In the last year or two MS has both caved in to China by silencing media outlets and pulling LinkedIn out of China because it was too hard to meet their requirements.
not anymore, kids are only allowed to have 3 hours per week.China is the largest gaming customer on planet.
MS as a company with shareholders literally has to do stuff liek this else lose $.
a large companies choices are rarely its own.
does suck but business is business and companies exist to make $ first and foremost.
I've always wondered if they implemented it to see who would try to bypass the great firewall. Then recruit them into cyber warfare.communism is insane. Turns out it's 8-9 pm for Friday, Sat, Sunday. I wonder if they harvest your kidneys if you play more than that. Im guessing they shut down the servers or something
Insane amount of money.Microsoft's Activision Blizzard deal is its biggest acquisition yet.
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