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    Microsoft - Activision Acquisition - What does it mean?

    The recent acquisition of Activision by Microsoft has sent shockwaves through the gaming industry. As one of the biggest acquisitions in the industry's history, it has already generated a lot of speculation and discussion among gamers and industry experts alike. So, what exactly does this acquisition mean for the gaming community?

    First, let's take a look at the acquisition itself. Microsoft acquired Activision for a whopping $68.7 billion, which is an astronomical figure by any standard. Activision is a giant in the gaming industry, with popular titles such as Call of Duty, Candy Crush, and World of Warcraft. Microsoft is no slouch either, with their Xbox console and popular franchises such as Halo, Forza, and Minecraft.

    The acquisition of Activision means that Microsoft now has a vast array of popular games under its umbrella. This gives Microsoft a huge competitive advantage, as it now has the resources to develop and market blockbuster games that can compete with the likes of Sony and Nintendo. It also means that Microsoft now has exclusive access to some of the most popular games in the world, such as Call of Duty, which is one of the best-selling franchises of all time.

    For gamers, this acquisition could mean a lot of things. On one hand, it could mean more resources and investment in developing new games and improving existing ones. Microsoft has shown a commitment to the gaming industry in recent years, and this acquisition only reinforces that. It could also mean more exclusive games for Xbox consoles, which could sway gamers towards buying an Xbox over a PlayStation or Nintendo console.

    However, there are also concerns about this acquisition. One concern is that it could lead to a lack of competition in the industry, as Microsoft now has a huge amount of power and influence. This could lead to higher prices for games and a lack of innovation, as Microsoft may not feel the need to take risks if they have such a strong hold on the market.

    Another concern is that this acquisition could lead to a consolidation of the industry, with smaller game developers struggling to compete against giants like Microsoft. This could result in fewer opportunities for indie game developers and a lack of diversity in the gaming industry.

    Overall, the Microsoft and Activision acquisition is a big deal for the gaming community. It could mean more investment in games and more exclusive titles for Xbox consoles, but it could also lead to a lack of competition and consolidation in the industry. It remains to be seen how this acquisition will play out, but one thing is for sure – the gaming industry will never be the same again.

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    18 minutes ago, LtNoobslayer said:

    Oh, did this go through?  I thought it was still tied up in anti-trust proceedings.

    It has not gone through yet, and got pushed back again to May.  But it's still definitely something to talk about and even the possibility of it.  And honestly I wouldn't be surprised if it still goes through because Microsoft pays the right people. 

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