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Microsoft Is Making A Poor Case For It's Activision Blizzard Acquisition 👀
 

 

Yesterday, Microsoft put online a new website addressing its planned acquisition of Activision Blizzard as a way to try to convince regulators to approve the deal. To quote one of my readers “if you have to make a website to convince people you should be able to buy a company, maybe you shouldn’t be able to buy a company.”
image Like I said yesterday... Propaganda

While it does seem unlikely that anything will ultimately stop the nearly $70 billion acquisition, the longer this goes, the more ridiculous these arguments become. I’ve already addressed PlayStation’s Jim Ryan’s rather hypocritical comments about game exclusivity, but there’s no less nonsense on Microsoft’s side either.

They can’t just say “this is a big company with big games that make a lot of money,” they have to pitch this purchase as some sort of benevolent act of goodwill and player choice. They actually have an entire page of just quotes up that are supposed to help convince regulators that this is a good move and not problematic. They are…frankly absurd. I want to go through all of them here, right now:

Sure, I also remain confident that this acquisition is probably going to close eventually, but what else do they have to say?

“In January, we provided a signed agreement to Sony to guarantee Call of Duty on PlayStation, with feature and content parity, for at least several more years beyond the current Sony contract, an offer that goes well beyond typical gaming industry agreements.” – Microsoft Gaming CEO Phil Spencer, Sept. 2, 2022

This is the first of many references that try to pitch Sony as being okay with this, when Sony has made it excruciatingly clear they are very much not okay with this, and Jim Ryan has referenced this deal specifically in his own quotes:


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Yesterday, Microsoft put online a new website addressing its planned acquisition of Activision Blizzard as a way to try to convince regulators to approve the deal. To quote one of my readers “if you have to make a website to convince people you should be able to buy a company, maybe you shouldn’t be able to buy a company.”


While it does seem unlikely that anything will ultimately stop the nearly $70 billion acquisition, the longer this goes, the more ridiculous these arguments become. I’ve already addressed PlayStation’s Jim Ryan’s rather hypocritical comments about game exclusivity, but there’s no less nonsense on Microsoft’s side either.

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They can’t just say “this is a big company with big games that make a lot of money,” they have to pitch this purchase as some sort of benevolent act of goodwill and player choice. They actually have an entire page of just quotes up that are supposed to help convince regulators that this is a good move and not problematic. They are…frankly absurd. I want to go through all of them here, right now:


“The European Commission’s review of the deal is progressing in line with the expected regulatory schedule and process, and we remain confident that the acquisition will close in fiscal year 2023.” – Microsoft Spokesperson, Sept. 30, 2022

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Sure, I also remain confident that this acquisition is probably going to close eventually, but what else do they have to say?

“In January, we provided a signed agreement to Sony to guarantee Call of Duty on PlayStation, with feature and content parity, for at least several more years beyond the current Sony contract, an offer that goes well beyond typical gaming industry agreements.” – Microsoft Gaming CEO Phil Spencer, Sept. 2, 2022

This is the first of many references that try to pitch Sony as being okay with this, when Sony has made it excruciatingly clear they are very much not okay with this, and Jim Ryan has referenced this deal specifically in his own quotes:


“Microsoft has only offered for Call of Duty to remain on PlayStation for three years after the current agreement between Activision and Sony ends. After almost 20 years of Call of Duty on PlayStation, their proposal was inadequate on many levels and failed to take account of the impact on our gamers. We want to guarantee PlayStation gamers continue to have the highest quality Call of Duty experience, and Microsoft’s proposal undermines this principle.”

Does that sound like Sony’s on board with this to you?

"We’re ready to work with the CMA on next steps and address any of its concerns. Sony, as the industry leader, says it is worried about Call of Duty, but we’ve said we are committed to making the same game available on the same day on both Xbox and PlayStation. We want people to have more access to games, not less.” – Microsoft Vice Chair and President Brad Smith, Sept. 1, 2022




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Yesterday, Microsoft put online a new website addressing its planned acquisition of Activision Blizzard as a way to try to convince regulators to approve the deal. To quote one of my readers “if you have to make a website to convince people you should be able to buy a company, maybe you shouldn’t be able to buy a company.”


While it does seem unlikely that anything will ultimately stop the nearly $70 billion acquisition, the longer this goes, the more ridiculous these arguments become. I’ve already addressed PlayStation’s Jim Ryan’s rather hypocritical comments about game exclusivity, but there’s no less nonsense on Microsoft’s side either.

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They can’t just say “this is a big company with big games that make a lot of money,” they have to pitch this purchase as some sort of benevolent act of goodwill and player choice. They actually have an entire page of just quotes up that are supposed to help convince regulators that this is a good move and not problematic. They are…frankly absurd. I want to go through all of them here, right now:


“The European Commission’s review of the deal is progressing in line with the expected regulatory schedule and process, and we remain confident that the acquisition will close in fiscal year 2023.” – Microsoft Spokesperson, Sept. 30, 2022

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Sure, I also remain confident that this acquisition is probably going to close eventually, but what else do they have to say?

“In January, we provided a signed agreement to Sony to guarantee Call of Duty on PlayStation, with feature and content parity, for at least several more years beyond the current Sony contract, an offer that goes well beyond typical gaming industry agreements.” – Microsoft Gaming CEO Phil Spencer, Sept. 2, 2022

This is the first of many references that try to pitch Sony as being okay with this, when Sony has made it excruciatingly clear they are very much not okay with this, and Jim Ryan has referenced this deal specifically in his own quotes:


“Microsoft has only offered for Call of Duty to remain on PlayStation for three years after the current agreement between Activision and Sony ends. After almost 20 years of Call of Duty on PlayStation, their proposal was inadequate on many levels and failed to take account of the impact on our gamers. We want to guarantee PlayStation gamers continue to have the highest quality Call of Duty experience, and Microsoft’s proposal undermines this principle.”

Does that sound like Sony’s on board with this to you?

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"We’re ready to work with the CMA on next steps and address any of its concerns. Sony, as the industry leader, says it is worried about Call of Duty, but we’ve said we are committed to making the same game available on the same day on both Xbox and PlayStation. We want people to have more access to games, not less.” – Microsoft Vice Chair and President Brad Smith, Sept. 1, 2022


Again, Microsoft has only committed to making Call of Duty available on PlayStation for three years past the current deal, so there’s literally no guarantee that it stays on the platform indefinitely, as it would if it remained a third party publisher. And the “we want people to have more access to games, not less,” quote does not seem to apply to say, Starfield, a huge new IP that is spawning out of Microsoft’s also-massive Bethesda purchase that has no plans to come to PlayStation, even though it clearly would have if Bethesda had remained independent. And that is also likely to be true for many, many other games that have come out of Microsoft’s publisher buying spree.

"As we’ve said before, we are committed to making the same version of Call of Duty available on PlayStation on the same day the game launches elsewhere." – Microsoft Gaming CEO Phil Spencer, Sept. 1, 2022

Right, but what Microsoft is not saying here is that owning Activision will allow them to put Call of Duty on Game Pass on day one, offering to its own players for “free” as part of that subscription, while PlayStation players will no doubt be charged the full $70 list price, part of which will be going directly in Microsoft’s pocket as the new publisher. If that’s not a massive competitive advantage, I’m not sure what is.
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 2 months ago '17        #2
Naga Sadow  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x23
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 2 months ago '12        #3
Pleasure Boy  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x16 OP
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Let us compete


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 2 months ago '17        #4
SPdaGOAT  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x7
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If this deal fall thru, the silver lining will be Bobby Kotick no longer had a golden parachute
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 2 months ago '16        #5
Hoggystyle  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x9
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 2 months ago '11        #6
Ejoly 
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OP marking a poor choice posting more Xbox threads
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 2 months ago '17        #7
Naga Sadow  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x23
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 Ejoly said
OP marking a poor choice posting more Xbox threads
He's this forum's biggest Xbot.
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 2 months ago '17        #8
SPdaGOAT  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x7
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 SPdaGOAT said
If this deal fall thru, the silver lining will be Bobby Kotick no longer had a golden parachute




I see y’all @ @ @
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 2 months ago '20        #9
D1dnt read  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x1
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like I said yesterday, Sony knows this sh*t is going through, but they're forcing MS to publicly state that games will remain multiplat MS paid 70billion and Sony will still make more off COD than them
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 2 months ago '05        #10
Krazie 
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You dudes really love your COD
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 2 months ago '05        #11
Double M Set  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x1
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It’s Not Happening….

 2 months ago '22        #12
God Bless 
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 Naga Sadow said
He's this forum's biggest Xbot.
I’d say the person with a 3 million gamer score and no kids or wife is the biggest xbot

What you think?
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 2 months ago '11        #13
Ejoly 
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 God Bless said
I’d say the person with a 3 million gamer score and no kids or wife is the biggest xbot

What you think?
You should go pray. Maybe God will help keep CoD on sony
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 2 months ago '22        #14
God Bless 
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 Ejoly said
You should go pray. Maybe God will help keep CoD on sony
Appreciate the sentiments

God bless
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 2 months ago '21        #15
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fag**t a*s OP is making a poor case for his claim that he’s not completely and utterly obsessed wit Microsoft’s entire d*ck and balls.
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 2 months ago '17        #16
SPdaGOAT  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x7
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 Ejoly said
You should go pray. Maybe God will help keep CoD on sony
You’re hoping Bobby Kotick gets 400 Ms big fella lol
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 2 months ago '05        #17
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These dudes on here rather see Activision go bankrupt than see Microsoft acquire it.. What a woeful existence..

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 2 months ago '14        #18
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 landlord151515 said
These dudes on here rather see Activision go bankrupt than see Microsoft acquire it.. What a woeful existence..

Huh??? Activsion isnt going to go bankrupt and all MS has done is hurt studios theres not one studio that has gotten better under microsoft.
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 2 months ago '18        #19
Juliette DaBlok  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x4
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Stopped reading at

While it does seem unlikely that anything will ultimately stop the nearly $70 billion acquisition, the longer this goes, the more ridiculous these arguments become.
Nice title tho
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 2 months ago '05        #20
Krazie 
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 Ejoly said
You should go pray. Maybe God will help keep CoD on sony

 2 months ago '16        #21
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 Swade009 said
Huh??? Activsion isnt going to go bankrupt and all MS has done is hurt studios theres not one studio that has gotten better under microsoft.
Nintendo still does a better job with promoting Rare and they haven't owned the company in year's.
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 2 months ago '05        #22
Krazie 
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 mobchip said
Nintendo still does a better job with promoting Rare and they haven't owned the company in year's.
Rare released their biggest game ever under Microsoft's watch.
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 2 months ago '04        #23
cuzjuan  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x1
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 D1dnt read said
like I said yesterday, Sony knows this sh*t is going through, but they're forcing MS to publicly state that games will remain multiplat MS paid 70billion and Sony will still make more off COD than them
70/30 =ms/ps how sway?

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 2 months ago '22        #24
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 SPdaGOAT said



I see y’all @ @ @


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 2 months ago '17        #25
SPdaGOAT  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x7
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 Mystic97 said



I been said fu*k this dude. Why are you bringing him up?
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