Microsoft and Activision Blizzard: the boss of Xbox Game Studios very clear on exclusives to “large communities”

Game News Microsoft and Activision Blizzard: the boss of Xbox Game Studios very clear on exclusives to “large communities”

Time passes and the end of the agreement between Microsoft and Activision Blizzard is approaching. Many details remain to be clarified but it seems that Xbox is very clear about the exclusivity of certain licenses.

Activision and Microsoft: a quick reminder of the facts

Following an announcement that had the effect of a bomb in the world of video games, Microsoft revealed on January 18 that it had reached an agreement with Activision Blizzard (the Call of Duty or even of Warcraft. This colossal agreement to 68 billion dollars, which is supposed to be finalized by June 2023, raised many questions and in particular that of exclusivities.In the wake of the announcement of this agreement, the video game industry had imagined the upheaval that the passage of the Call of Duty opuses exclusively on PC and Xbox would cause Rumors that Phil Spencer, CEO of Xbox, had swept aside:

I will just say to Activision Blizzard players who play on Sony consoles that it is not our intention to separate the communities from their support and we remain committed to this path.

What about exclusives?

Words recently taken up in a media briefing organized by Microsoft. Xbox Game Studios boss Matt Booty uses a shepherd analogy to explain Xbox’s strategy for the future of its catalog:

If we acquire a game that has a large community of players across many platforms, the last thing we want to do is take away any part of that whole thing. Conversely, we feel that our mission is to be shepherds, to continue to nurture and guide this community and not to tear it into pieces to take something from it.

For once, needless to say that the licenses acquired by Microsoft if the deal goes to the end arrive with massive communities: Call of Duty, World of Warcraft, Diablo… Substantial player bases which could grow even more if certain titles were to integrate Xbox Game Pass, Microsoft’s subscription service. But again, this is a precision that has not yet been studied.

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