Phil Spencer, CEO of Microsoft Gaming/Xbox, believes that the merger with Activision Blizzard is on the right track. He believes that games created exclusively for a single console or platform “is something that we are going to see less and less.”
In an interview with Bloomberg, Spencer believes that the planned acquisition of Activision Blizzard, which is worth nearly $100 billion AUD, is headed in a positive direction. “I feel good about the progress we’ve been making, but I go into the process supporting people who are maybe not that close to the gaming industry and asking good, hard questions about ‘what’s our intention? What does this mean? If you play it for five years, is this restricting a market? Is a market growing? he said.
Sony recently expressed its disapproval of the deal, saying they see no way to compete with Call of Duty, which would be owned by Microsoft if the deal goes through. Spencer does state, however, that they plan to remain committed to cross-platform releases of Call of Duty. Going further, he stated that exclusive games just won’t happen as much anymore.
“Maybe you in your household buy an Xbox and I buy a PlayStation and our kids want to play together and they can’t because we bought the wrong piece of plastic to plug into our TV,” Spencer said. “We really love being able to bring in more gamers to reduce friction, make people feel safe when playing games, letting them find their friends, play with their friends, regardless of device, I think in the long run. that is good for this industry.”
While the deal continues to come under scrutiny from various regulatory agencies around the world, Saudi Arabia has approved of Microsoft’s deal, stating that it “has no objection.” Meanwhile, Brazil is still in hearings related to the deal, and a bitter tug-of-war has emerged between Sony and Microsoft. Sony is paying developers to avoid rivals, Microsoft said after Sony raised objections.
Written by Junior Miyai on behalf of GLHF.