Microsoft defends its acquisition from Activision-Blizzard by implying that the company does not make any must-have games

Microsoft defends its acquisition from Activision-Blizzard by implying that the company does not mak

Microsoft has used their $68.7 billion ($56 billion) purchase of Call of Duty publisher Activision Blizzard by stating that the company does not produce must have games. If thats making you wonder why theyd stump up more than any other technology buyout in history for the privilege of owning a company that does not have any killer apps in its stables, then you can stand up right behind me, bosmang.

Microsoft has been in the process of buying Activision Blizzard since the deal was announced in January this year, with the acquisition pending approval by competition regulators in many countries. The UK''s Competition And Markets Authority issued a statement saying it was investigating the deal early in July, with a provisional deadline for any further investigation set for the beginning of September.

The video games developed and published by Activision Blizzard are a must have for competitor PC and console video game distributors that might pose a foreclosure concern, according to Microsoft''s response to the New Zealand Commerce Commission, which was published in June. That means that Microsoft will not consider their future ownership of Activision Blizzards franchises, such as Call Of Duty, to cause problems that hinder their competitors from competing against them.

Bear in mind that Call Of Duty alone has surpassed $27 billion (22 billion) for Activision Blizzard since it was launched in 2003, according to an earnings call last year. At the time of the call, the company''s chief operating officer said Call Of Duty was one of the most popular entertainment business ever. It''s just not a must have, I guess.

Microsoft announced in their reply to the New Zealand Commerce Commission that they will not withdraw support for Activision-Blizzards games from their own platforms, unlike the Call of Duty series on Steam, and the Modern Warfare 2. There are a variety of reasons why corporate consolidation in the gaming industry isn''t necessarily a good thing.

Activision Blizzard are still dealing with legal issues and claims that the company is having a tense and tense working environment. Despite some calls, shareholders voted to re-elect CEO Bobby Kotick to the board of directors for another year.

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