All publications by tag «Activision Blizzard»
How one call between Activision and NetEase execs, on top of existing feuds, closed gates for Blizzard in China
It has been a few months since Blizzard games went offline in China. A new report sheds light on why NetEase and Activision couldn’t agree on a new licensing deal, leaving millions of players on the sidelines.
Japanese regulator clears Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard, sees no substantial harm to competition
The Japan Fair Trade Commission (JFTC) has reviewed Microsoft’s proposed acquisition of Activision Blizzard. According to the regulator, the $68.7 billion deal won’t reduce competition in the market.
UK regulator says it “would not be commercially beneficial” to Microsoft to make CoD exclusive to Xbox
The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has updated its provisional findings related to Microsoft’s proposed acquisition of Activision Blizzard. Due to new evidence, the regulator has narrowed the scope of its concerns.
Sony becomes Metacritic’s top publisher of 2022, while previous champion Microsoft fails to make the list
Metacritic has shared its 2022 game publisher rankings. This year’s list has some shakeups, with Sony taking the top spot and companies like Paradox, Focus Entertainment, and Annapurna climbing up.
Microsoft offers new remedies to EU, making regulator delay its ruling on Activision Blizzard deal
Microsoft has offered the European Commission a package of remedies related to its proposed acquisition of Activision Blizzard and the future of the Call of Duty franchise. The regulator has now postponed the deadline for its final decision.
“Microsoft always honors their contracts and obligations”: 6 game companies support Activision Blizzard acquisition
The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has posted responses to its provisional findings from six game companies. They shared their thoughts on Microsoft’s proposed acquisition of Activision Blizzard, seeing no reason for this deal to be blocked.
FTC wants more documents from Microsoft, including info about its ‘next-generation gaming ecosystem’
The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is now demanding additional documents from Microsoft. The regulator wants more information related to the company’s $68.7 billion acquisition of Activision Blizzard.
Microsoft says only 3% of PlayStation players to switch consoles if Call of Duty becomes Xbox exclusive
The UK’s Competition & Markets Authority (CMA) overestimates the importance of the Call of Duty franchise, according to Microsoft. The company is now trying to argue that this IP won’t make most PlayStation players switch to Xbox.
FTC grants Microsoft access to Sony’s exclusivity agreements and some of its internal documents
The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has ruled on Sony’s motion to ban Microsoft from searching its internal documents related to the Activision Blizzard deal. The Japanese publisher will now have to mostly comply with the subpoena.
Phil Spencer on Xbox future in case Activision Blizzard deal falls apart: “It’s not some linchpin for the long term”
The $68.7 billion acquisition of Activision Blizzard is not an easy ride for Microsoft, which is still trying to convince regulators to clear it. Phil Spencer, however, is confident that the future of Xbox doesn’t depend on its outcome.
Tencent supports Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard, at least one Chinese company expresses concern
While Microsoft’s proposed acquisition of Activision Blizzard is under regulatory scrutiny in the West, some Chinese companies have supported the deal. The country’s gaming giant Tencent is reported to be one of them.
Microsoft asks EU regulator for closed hearing to defend its Activision Blizzard acquisition
The European Commission will soon hold a closed hearing on Microsoft’s bid to acquire Activision Blizzard. The company will try to convince the EU regulator to approve the deal, with some of its rivals also likely to participate.
FFXIV operator Shengqu Games rumored to be Blizzard’s new partner in China. But company denies reports
Blizzard is yet to announce its new Chinese partner following its split with NetEase. However, new rumors allege that the company may strike a licensing deal with Shengqu Games, the local operator of Final Fantasy XIV.
UK regulator offers Microsoft to take Call of Duty out of equation in Activision Blizzard deal
The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has published its provisional findings as part of its in-depth investigation into Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard. The regulator proposed a few remedies such as excluding Call of Duty from the $68.7 billion deal.
Bobby Kotick: UK could become Death Valley if it doesn’t approve Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard
Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick has commented on the industry’s most discussed acquisition. He thinks that the UK risks turning into Death Valley if the Microsoft deal is eventually blocked.
Activision Blizzard posts record quarterly bookings on Blizzard’s strong growth and Call of Duty blockbuster sales
Activision Blizzard has released a financial report for the fourth quarter ended December 31. Although the company’s profits have declined, its bookings have reached new heights thanks to the strong performance of its top-tier franchises.
Microsoft’s chances of clearing Activision Blizzard deal in US and Europe to fade away if UK watchdog decides to block it
Microsoft’s $68.7 billion acquisition of Activision Blizzard is still under regulatory pressure in both the US and Europe. And a recent report claims that the Redmond-based company expects the UK agency to oppose the record-breaking deal.