Items tagged with Activision-Blizzard

This whole Microsoft-buys-Activision deal is looking less and less likely by the week. Last week, NVIDIA and Google spoke up against the purchase, and the week before that, Microsoft had to revise its response to the FTC to remove remarks that recommended the outright destruction of the commission. Now, a new... Read more...
Following the case of Microsoft attempting to acquire Activision-Blizzard-King is like watching a stage play put on by middle-schoolers: full of drama, unscripted twists, and surprise setbacks. The latest event in this grand saga is a big one: both Google and NVIDIA have thrown their hats into the ring, providing... Read more...
This attempt by Microsoft to purchase Activision-Blizzard has been incredibly contentious. Besides challenges from the industry, the attempted acquisition has seen push-back from legislators in several places, including the EU, the UK, and here at home in the US. The FTC filed a lawsuit to block the purchase, and what... Read more...
This Activision-Blizzard-King sale to Microsoft has been contentious, to say the least. Regulators from the UK and the EU have piped up on the issue, a group of individual gamers are suing to block the purchase, and even the United States Federal Trade Commission is stepping in to nix the merger. Microsoft has now... Read more...
Opinions across both the industry and the fandom are sharply divided on the merits and maladies of Microsoft's attempt to mix in Activision-Blizzard-King. This procedure was proposed way back in January of this year, and it's faced numerous hurdles along the way, including challenges from UK and EU regulators as well... Read more...
Yesterday, December 8th, was the annual awards ceremony celebrating the last year in gaming, the creatively named The Game Awards. While celebrating the innovations, music, and gameplay of the past year, many developers and publishers use this as an advertising opportunity for upcoming titles. Few garner as much... Read more...
The Federal Trade Commission has voted to issue an administrative complaint against Microsoft Corp.'s acquisition of game developer Activision-Blizzard. The announcement follows Microsoft's agreement with Nintendo concerning the highly-popular Call of Duty franchise. Just a mere two days ago, Xbox CEO Phil Spencer... Read more...
Yet another chapter in the Microsoft and Activision-Blizzard merger has surfaced and this time it is an agreement with Nintendo. While Microsoft has been under scrutiny from multiple regulators in the UK and EU, it has been apparently wining-and-dining regulators in the US. It has also making deals with other... Read more...
Yet another chapter in the story of Microsoft's $69 billion acquisition of Activision-Blizzard is unfolding. We're again talking about the United States Federal Trade Commission (FTC). In November we saw that the FTC was considering a lawsuit to stop the mega-deal. However, recently, Microsoft has been talking about... Read more...
It seems like regulators are starting to push more thorns into Microsoft's sides lately. The United States' Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is probably going to take a gander at this $69 Billion acquisition. Tacking on to the the headache Microsoft is already experiencing thanks to the EU Commission investigation and... Read more...
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 and Warzone 2.0 were both released recently and brought a number of new features to the table. However, fans of the franchise are taking issue with the latter. It appeared that Warzone 2.0, which should be free, is locked behind a purchase of Modern Warfare 2. Thankfully, it turned out... Read more...
Microsoft's Activision Blizzard deal may be in jeopardy, as the European Commission launches an "in-depth" investigation into the buyout. The European Commission announced its more in-depth investigation into the deal in order to assess its likely impact on competition. The deal for Microsoft to buy out Activision... Read more...
Call of Duty is pretty much a household name today as even non-gamers are fully aware of the cultural phenomenon that is this massive first-person shooter. Modern Warfare II's remaster might be the most anticipated game in franchise history and it seems like sales are echoing that sentiment. According to a press... Read more...
In recent months the acquisition of Activision-Blizzard by Microsoft has come under significant scrutiny both from regulators and competitors. The claim is that if Microsoft gains controlling interest in the games developer they could have a near-monopoly in the gaming market, particularly in cloud space... Read more...
There has been a lot of movement in the cloud gaming space in the last few months, including the shuttering of Google Stadia. This has led Microsoft to call cloud gaming a “new and immature technology” in a recent filing that refutes claims made by the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA), even though... Read more...
Microsoft's attempt at acquiring Activision-Blizzard has had the brakes pumped, as an in-depth UK probe has been requested before finalizing the deal. The request comes after the tech giant was said to not offer any remedies to assuage competition concerns. A report in the Financial Times says that Microsoft chose... Read more...
Earlier this year, Microsoft put in a bid to purchase Activision-Blizzard. The deal includes a price tag just shy of $69 billion USD, which would make it the gaming industry's largest acquisition to date. This obviously brings significant concerns from regulators. In particular, UK regulators have decided to put the... Read more...
On June 1 and 2 of this year, the world saw the launch of Diablo Immortal on iOS and Android. On Android the title houses a 3.7 out of 5 rating, while the Apple App Store rating is a 4.5 out of 5. These ratings are good, but some of the more vocal parts of the web, and even press, have not been too kind. When... Read more...
Guess who’s back? Back again. Call of Duty of course. The gameplay reveal trailer for Call of Duty Modern Warfare II recently dropped and gamers are super pumped for the game. Call Of Duty Modern Warfare II is the sequel to Modern Warfare (2019). The game invites players to “witness and experience what made Task... Read more...
It is almost that time again, the time in which here in the United States we celebrate those who fought for the safety of our nation, Memorial Day. Except we're not talking about that, we're talking about a fictional version of the world and the video game series associated with it. That's right, another year, another... Read more...
Everyone adores Activision-Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick, right? No matter what your opinion is of the man, he has been helming the ship that produced titles like Call of Duty, and many other blockbuster game hits, for some time now. However, his allegedly pure profit-driven, soul-sucking reign could end after Microsoft’s... Read more...
An unofficial holiday is today and Call of Duty has the perfect way to celebrate it. Call of Duty: Vanguard and Warzone fans can currently grab the Tracer Pack: Snoop Dogg Operator Bundle. The Bundle allows gamers to play as everyone’s favorite high-flying musical artist and access some fun themed gear. The Tracer... Read more...
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