The various ongoing investigations into the takeover of Activision Blizzard King by Microsoft are sometimes an opportunity to learn a lot about behind the scenes of this video game industry. And it is strangely Sony who gives us today the number of subscribers to Xbox Game Pass.
We would approach 30 million subscribers
Officially, the number of Xbox Game Pass subscribers is still 25 million, a figure communicated by Microsoft in January 2022 and which has not been updated since. It was seven million more than the same period last year, and we could have imagined that we were approaching thirty million in November.
While many parts of the document are grayed out for privacy reasons, one of them seems to have escaped regulators: the number of Xbox Game Pass subscribers.
Microsoft already has a substantial lead in the area of subscriptions. Game Pass has 29 million Xbox Game Pass and Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscribers, and is expected to see significant growth in the future. The most comprehensive PlayStation Plus subscription is significantly behind, with less than [protégé] of the total number of subscribers.
A few weeks ago, Microsoft confirmed that Xbox Game Pass is profitable, but conceded that its growth was slowing.
If Sony is telling the truth, Microsoft would therefore approach 30 million subscribers to its service, which would confirm the slowdown in growth. But it’s a safe bet that the arrival of games such as Redfall and Starfield, initially planned for this year 2022, should have changed the situation. In the meantime, we will have to wait until next year.