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Alan Hartman becomes new head of Xbox Game Studios: look back at his nearly 30-year game dev career
Microsoft has named the new head of Xbox Game Studios following a recent reorganization of its gaming segment. Here is everything to know about Alan Hartman, a veteran manager and head of the Forza franchise.
Microsoft increases Game Pass price in Turkey and Argentina again, up to 100% depending on subscription tier
Microsoft is the latest game company to recently adjust its prices in Turkey and Argentina. This comes just a few months after Game Pass subscription in these countries had already become significantly more expensive.
Microsoft reorganizes Xbox leadership to create “expanded gaming content organization” and better manage its studios
After closing the $68.7 billion Activision Blizzard deal, Microsoft is gearing up for its new chapter. The company has made some structural changes to Xbox’s leadership to better manage its portfolio of first-party studios and ensure further business growth.
Satya Nadella’s compensation no longer tied to Game Pass growth after missing targets for two straight years
In FY23, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella’s performance-based pay targets were no longer tied to Game Pass growth, as opposed to the previous three fiscal years. This comes amid uncertainty and a lack of officially disclosed data about the current state of the subscription service.
40 studios to rule them all: inside Microsoft Gaming divisions post-Activision Blizzard deal
Now that Activision Blizzard has joined Microsoft, it has one of the most impressive portfolios of game studios in the industry. Let’s take a closer look at all of its development and publishing subsidiaries, as well as their key IPs.
UK clears Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision, making sure it “can’t have a stranglehold” on cloud gaming
Microsoft is now ready to complete its $68.7 billion acquisition of Activision Blizzard. The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA), which remained the barrier, has finally approved the record-breaking deal.
CMA says Microsoft’s cloud gaming remedies “opens the door” to Activision deal being finally cleared
The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has released a new statement on its probe into Microsoft’s proposed acquisition of Activision Blizzard. The $68.7 billion deal is now as close to approval as possible.
Starfield hits 10 million players, marking second-biggest Xbox game launch this generation — behind Forza Horizon 5
Two weeks after its global launch, Starfield has hit another milestone. It is now Bethesda’s biggest launch in terms of player count, with the studio calling the numbers “astronomical.”
Swen Vincke on Microsoft’s document estimating BG3’s addition to Game Pass at $5 million: “Someone didn’t do their homework”
Among the unredacted Xbox documents, which Microsoft accidentally leaked itself, was a list of third-party games that the company was eyeing as targets for potential Game Pass deals in 2022. Here are some insights into the possible amounts ranging from several to hundreds of millions of dollars.
Microsoft once discussed buying Valve, Nintendo, and Warner Bros. as part of its long-term gaming expansion
A new document released as part of the FTC v. Microsoft case has shed light on more acquisition prospects discussed at the Redmond-based corporation. None of those deals ultimately materialized, but it is another interesting glimpse into Microsoft’s M&A strategy.
Microsoft to transfer Activision Blizzard cloud gaming rights to Ubisoft, but CMA says “This is not a green light”
Microsoft is now trying to restructure its proposed acquisition of Activision Blizzard to finally get approval from the UK regulator. That’s why the company has announced a new cloud gaming agreement with Ubisoft.
Survey suggests “there’s nothing ‘special’ about CoD when it comes to console choice”, with PS players more worried about FIFA
A survey, conducted by research data and analytics firm YouGov for Microsoft, has now been made public in full. The unredacted results shed more light on the positions of Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo in the EU console market, as well as which games consumers value the most.
Microsoft and Activision extend their merger deadline to October 18, also raising termination fee
After the original deadline expired on July 18, Microsoft and Activision Blizzard have now agreed to extend their merger agreement. This will allow the companies to negotiate with the UK regulator, which is the last stumbling block to closing the $68.7 billion deal.
Microsoft and Activision likely to push back their deal deadline as appeal against CMA paused for two months
Microsoft and the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) will have more time to negotiate, as the court has agreed to pause the appeal. This also means that the Activision Blizzard deal probably won’t close today, with a deadline being extended by the parties.