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1 hour ago, darksnowman said:

Too. Hip. 

Only in skateboarding, and not real skateboarding. Video game skateboarding.

Only the hippest for me!

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On 23/01/2022 at 1:25 PM, Dcubed said:

They are not the biggest; Embracer have almost 3x as many studios (111 to be exact!), while Tencent are very much comparable too.

They are certainly the one with the biggest pockets though! And should really be subject to anti-trust; but given the state of the US? I very much doubt that anything will be done to stop this.

Agreed. Sorry was thinking more value wise as a content maker/seller in an entertainment industry. It's ultimately about games and they have the highest value portfolio by far. EA, Sony etc. dont come close.

 

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He says Warzone... I say NO MERCY!

On 26/01/2022 at 8:12 AM, Dcubed said:
A stay of execution until 2024 then.

With the deal expecting to be closed in FY 23, did people really believe all projects for non-Microsoft platforms had been cancelled with immediate effect? ::shrug:  

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I think, legally, Activision needs to remain acting independently until the deal is finished (so can't do anything to purposefully favour Microsoft), so they can potentially make new deals with Sony up until the sale.

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1 hour ago, Cube said:

I think, legally, Activision needs to remain acting independently until the deal is finished (so can't do anything to purposefully favour Microsoft), so they can potentially make new deals with Sony up until the sale.

I wouldn't have thought that they could make any further behind-the-scenes deals with Sony at this point; but rather they have to honour the existing behind-the-scenes deals that they already have in place.

Much like how Bethesda had to honour their existing Sony exclusivity deals with Deathloop and Ghostwire Tokyo.

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https://www.theverge.com/22941636/microsoft-activision-blizzard-acquisition-sec-filing-came-together

Some additional information regarding the ABK purchase from the new SEC filings...

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Microsoft's initial proposal to buy ABK came just a mere 3 days after the initial WSJ article that detailed the big sexual harassment scandal, more or less right when Phil Spencer put out that statement that said he was "troubled" regarding the allegations and that they were "re-evaluating their relationship" with Activision-Blizzard (he wasn't kidding!)

There were a total of 5 companies (sadly un-named) that were in the running to buy ABK.  One outright could not afford the purchase, while the others were stamped out by Microsoft before they even got a chance to make a formal bid.

If the merger is blocked by the FTC, Microsoft must pay ABK a termination fee of between $2-3 Billion.  If Activision Blizzard’s shareholders do not vote to approve the merger for whatever reason though, it must pay Microsoft a termination fee of $2.27 billion.

Bobby Kotick "stands to gain $410,142,075 based on the $95 per share that Microsoft plans to pay — and he has an additional “golden parachute” worth $14,592,302 if he decides to stay and Microsoft then pushes him out anyway. That doesn’t count his 2.2 million stock options, either, which could be worth hundreds of millions of additional dollars depending on how much they cost to exercise".

The SEC filings also confirm that COD Vanguard missed sales expectations.

 

That's crazy just how fast MS pounced on that scandal! They smelt blood in the water like a shark!

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Oh snap! That's massive.

Huge, huge blow for Activision and the traditional AAA console gaming sector as a whole.

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Man, I wish I made a lucky $100 mil bet.

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Activision and Bobby Kotick don't look to be in the clear just yet (thank the gaming gods): 

Awesome. Was worried this would let up with the sale. 

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https://www.gamesindustry.biz/playstation-xboxs-call-of-duty-offer-was-inadequate-on-many-levels
 

Jim Ryan spills the beans on the Microsoft-Activision-Sony deal regarding COD!

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Microsoft has promised to keep Call of Duty on PlayStation for three years beyond the current agreement between Activision and Sony, says PlayStation CEO Jim Ryan.

In a statement provided to GamesIndustry.biz, Ryan says the offer was "inadequate on many levels".

The current deal between Sony and Activision Blizzard around Call of Duty is believed to cover the next three releases, including this year's Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2.

However, Sony says the offer fails to consider the impact on PlayStation gamers.

"I hadn't intended to comment on what I understood to be a private business discussion, but I feel the need to set the record straight because Phil Spencer brought this into the public forum," Ryan stated.

 

"Microsoft has only offered for Call of Duty to remain on PlayStation for three years after the current agreement between Activision and Sony ends. After almost 20 years of Call of Duty on PlayStation, their proposal was inadequate on many levels and failed to take account of the impact on our gamers. We want to guarantee PlayStation gamers continue to have the highest quality Call of Duty experience, and Microsoft's proposal undermines this principle."

Sony airing dirty laundry in public? You love to see it! :D

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What is he on about? I would have thought that 3 years is very generous considering they are under no obligation to let Devs they own develop games for the opposition.

Won't Sony think of the impact on Xbox gamers not being able to play the new Spider-Man!

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22 minutes ago, bob said:

What is he on about? I would have thought that 3 years is very generous considering they are under no obligation to let Devs they own develop games for the opposition.

Won't Sony think of the impact on Xbox gamers not being able to play the new Spider-Man!

Yeah, it's a very weird thing to kick off about.

Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo are no strangers to paying for games to be exclusive to their consoles. Granted, what MS are doing now is on a much larger scale but it's essentially the same thing. Moneyhatting and exclusives have been around for years and it's a way make your platform more attractive to the consumer.

Jim Ryan is in a panic because if CoD does become a true Xbox exclusive then Sony will lose a stupid amount of money. 

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Companies/execs are hypocrites. Always have been, always will be.
He's right to say something, but he could've also shut his mouth because Sony is playing the same game (albeit to a much lesser degree than Microsoft).

If CoD ends up not coming to PlayStation in the future and if I still don't see any value in entering the XBox/Microsoft gaming world, I'll simply stop playing CoD and find something else :p 

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This smacks of that time Epic tried to rile up Fortnite fans during that whole Apple lawsuit.

It's a desperation tactic to make Sony look like the good guy in this. As if console warring wasn't abundant enough.

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35 minutes ago, drahkon said:

If CoD ends up not coming to PlayStation in the future and if I still don't see any value in entering the XBox/Microsoft gaming world, I'll simply stop playing CoD and find something else :p 

Destiny?

 

 

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1 hour ago, Hero-of-Time said:

Destiny?

Depends on how they treat the franchise's future.

Always wanted to give Destiny 2 another go, but the fact that they vaulted a lot of content pisses me off.

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