As some of the biggest news in the gaming space for quite some time, the acquisition of Activision-Blizzard by Microsoft could promise to be a huge move if the proposed $70 billion deal is to go through – the move could leave the Xbox Game Pass feeling something like a Netflix of gaming, with other platforms being the top resource for online players for games of chance at CasinoNonAAMS and similar – with such a wide collection of games available including perhaps the most profitable under the King mobile collection, is this acquisition good for players in the long run?
It’s safe to say that Blizzard has been going through a bit of a difficult period – a number of poor expansion releases for their flagship game World of Warcraft have left numbers dwindling in recent years, and often falling behind the growing competition that have been steadily closing the gap. Whilst Overwatch did have a short period of time being somewhat successful, it couldn’t measure up to other big first-person shooters in the market and the release of Riot Games’ Valorant and disruptions in the release schedule for Overwatch 2, it’s unlikely the game will find the same footing again. A changing of leadership and influence from Microsoft could steady the ship so to speak, and breath a bit of life back into some of these titles that have been struggling to move in the right direction for a bit of time now.
Simply adding some of these games to the game pass banner could be enough to draw the desired attention too, many have enjoyed a new AAA title regularly at the lower price point for the subscription service and having even a limited collection of Activision and Blizzard games under that will only help – Microsoft have already confirmed games like Call of Duty won’t become an exclusive, so Sony and PlayStation fans won’t have to worry there either. Just what this may mean particularly for the subscription-based WoW is yet unknown too but there are hopes the cost may be included in a slightly increased game pass subscription as a whole.
For the most part, many believe this acquisition will be a good change for the players, and a renewed direction may be all that’s needed to get some of these very exciting and storied IP’s back on track, but there may be a small waiting period now before it’s made clear whether or not this deal can be completed, and what the direction following that will be.