A big step has been made last week in the gaming industry that could possibly revolutionize this decade’s mode of entertainment. Microsoft’s purchase of the influential gaming company, Activision Blizzard Inc, has led to a spur of chaos in the community leaving everyone with unanswered questions regarding this settlement. The worry comes mainly from Xbox’s reputation for having exclusivity over its games, basically meaning that it won’t be offered on PC mainly, and it could possibly be limited only to Xbox, leaving out its PlayStation counterpart.

Although this buyout has its many reasons, the community thinks it might be related to Activision’s cases of sexual discrimination. This has led to its instability in the market, and combined with the collected 700 reports from Activision, worry has struck the faces of many with the described allegations.

 

Will Activison Blizzard Games Be Exclusive to Console/Xbox-only Now?

The intent to leave the company’s reputation in the gaming industry will remain as is, where it will keep on providing us with updates and new games with no hesitation. Moreover, after the long-lasting struggle with handling Microsoft and Sony’s ties, it has proven to show its stability after Minecraft’s offer to allow cross-play between the two consoles.

It has also been shown that Microsoft will be honouring Sony’s contracts to that extent, but there can be no guarantees for what the future holds in terms of both their ties and Activision Blizzard’s future games.

 

When Will This Be Finalized? And Who’ll Be Handling Activison Blizzard?

It is rumoured that the deal should be done sometime around the summer of 2022 and the summer of 2023. So until then, no changes in the gaming industry are to be made yet.

As for the CEO of Activison Blizzard, there has been an interim CEO appointed after the said allegations, but following legalities and further action, Bobby Kotick is rumoured to leave after the deal is finalised.

 

Is This Deal Good or Bad?

The question is primarily targeted towards PC gamers, as the decision is most likely to impact their gaming experience. But rest assured, because it’s unlikely for any major changes to happen as Blizzard will remain its position in the PC platform market.

As for console gamers and mainly Xbox fans, the news would mean that Activision Blizzard will make its way into the Xbox Game Pass. For those unaware of the Game Pass, it’s merely a subscription that earns you the privilege of access to a library of games (and sometimes with their DLCs) which is absolutely wonderful for gamers!

 

What Do the Others Think?

To that end, a tweet was published by Phil Spencer, who is the CEO of Xbox’s gaming department, speaking on behalf of the company, and solidifying their ties with Sony as he confirms his “intent to honour all existing agreements upon acquisition of Activision Blizzard and (his) desire to keep Call of Duty on PlayStation.” The tweet ends with Spencer claiming that “Sony is an important part of our industry,” and that they “value (their) relationship.”

On another note, the World Bank stands up to this transaction and expresses its dissatisfaction with it. David Malpass, the serving president of the World Bank Group, said “You have to wonder: ‘Wait a minute, is this the best allocation of capital?’” regarding the Microsoft deal. His concern mainly arises from the latest negotiations with one of the wealthiest countries towards their donations to one of the poorer countries, having the donations being set at the lowest cost of $8 billion annually for the duration of three years.

His concern is reasonable as countries still suffer from the repercussions of the pandemic both economically and politically. This decision not only being considered unproductive and barren but has also shown its disruption to the flow of money to poorer countries. Particularly by the easy monetary policies in more developed countries. Thus, this allocation of capital mainly arising from the US is addressed to be irresponsible and should’ve required more questioning before confirming the deal.