This certainly came out of the blue. Who knew that Microsoft, and in turn Xbox, was in the process of acquiring Activision Blizzard – the same folks who are responsible for many hits such as Warcraft, Starcraft, and, in recency, Overwatch.
If memory serves us well, this is by far one of the most groundbreaking acquisitions ever in gaming history in terms of a studio’s pedigree. Most recently we did see that Take-Two Interactive was in the process of acquiring Zynga.
Per the press release / blog post, Phil Spencer will be the new head honcho of the outfit:
“As we pursue that mission, it is incredibly exciting to announce that Microsoft has agreed to acquire Activision Blizzard.
Over many decades, the studios and teams that make up Activision Blizzard have earned vast wellsprings of joy and respect from billions of people all over the world. We are incredibly excited to have the chance to work with the amazing, talented, dedicated people across Activision Publishing, Blizzard Entertainment, Beenox, Demonware, Digital Legends, High Moon Studios, Infinity Ward, King, Major League Gaming, Radical Entertainment, Raven Software, Sledgehammer Games, Toys for Bob, Treyarch and every team across Activision Blizzard.
Until this transaction closes, Activision Blizzard and Microsoft Gaming will continue to operate independently. Once the deal is complete, the Activision Blizzard business will report to me as CEO, Microsoft Gaming.”
With that, we leave you with the most epic cinematic in all video game history –
Gerald currently straddles between his love of video games and board gaming. There’s nothing that interests him more than trying out the newest and fanciest gadget in town as well. He dreams of publishing a board game sometime in the future!