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  • geearf
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    Originally posted by Luke_Wolf View Post

    Blizzard was effectively Davidson's arm into real video games rather than educational games, and while Comp-U-Card was involved... where are the rights now? Unless Blizzard sold them off when I wasn't paying attention they still have them which is why they did a short lived revival of the Sierra brand as an indie publishing label which bombed rather quickly.
    Sierra was under CUC, then VG, then pretty much shut down, then revived under Activision, as far as I know it's never been under Blizzard. I believe most VG games went under Activision in the merge, the Blizzard part, which really was the VG part with the grandchild's name, only kept the Blizzard games, didn't they?

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  • rabcor
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    Originally posted by Luke_Wolf View Post

    Oh sweet summer child... Activision owns Raven and Infocom, and they published games for a whole ton of interesting studios, from things like Vampire The Masquerade to Star Trek, The soldier of fortune games, the later Wolfenstein games before Bethesda picked up the rights... if anyone wanted to publish a game based on a movie or TV show they went to Activision. Heavy Gear was a strong competitor to MechWarrior, etc. Not to mention that there were a ton of IP from other companies that Blizzard bought out like Sierra who had previously been one of the biggest game developers and publishers and was highly regarded.
    All I'm hearing is support for my argument, they got a bunch of good IPs, nothing else. Also don't Paradox currently hold the rights to VTMB? And I think Piranha Games hold the MechWarrior IP currently... Not sure where Star Trek is but nothing good's ever been done with that IP in the gaming scene. Microsoft already owns bethesda and therefore Wolfenstein and Doom IP, dont' remember ever hearing about heavy gear... Maybe it was some console exclusive or some shit?
    Soldier of Fortune was great though, but it's a dead IP that nothings been done with for decades because no triple A company has the balls to make a game that can live up ot the first two.

    Anyhow, point is, Microsoft got a bunch of good IP, a few buildings, and a few thousand employees that are going to eat up money while sitting with their thumbs up their butts until they get fired. Activision's literally more of a liability than an asset, if Microsoft wants to get anything out of this deal they'll have to reconstruct Activision from fucking scratch after firing almost absolutely everyone that used to work there.

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  • Luke_Wolf
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    Originally posted by geearf View Post

    Then why the closure of BN under Vivendi and not before if they were not running the show?
    Your argument that Blizzard wasn't running Vivendi is that a studio that was bought and renamed Blizzard North and was treated as a separate studio from Blizzard proper... was killed under Vivendi?

    Originally posted by geearf View Post
    Blizzard never bought Sierra Online, it was Comp-U-Card International that bought it along with Davidson (I'll be honest, before double checking now, I thought Davidson had bought Sierra).
    Blizzard was effectively Davidson's arm into real video games rather than educational games, and while Comp-U-Card was involved... where are the rights now? Unless Blizzard sold them off when I wasn't paying attention they still have them which is why they did a short lived revival of the Sierra brand as an indie publishing label which bombed rather quickly.

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  • Slithery
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    How about some Crash and Spyro reboots running super-fast frame rates on modern Linux or Proton.
    Pretty please?

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  • Michael_S
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    This has been covered in other sites, but my understanding is that Microsoft knows this isn't profitable. They're just desperate.

    First, MS has no presence in mobile gaming, and mobile gaming gets bigger each year. Candy Crush gets them a foothold.

    Second, Sony and Nintendo are kicking Xbox ass. So this is a move to make sure Xbox has some popular exclusives and to boost the Windows store.

    So less, "We'll be rich!", more, "We can't innovate and customers hate us, let's try to slow our decline."

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  • bemerk
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    Originally posted by Paradigm Shifter View Post
    Sadly, though, pigs will likely fly before that happens!
    Maybe Steam will beat them to it with their Steamdeck.
    OpenSource Steam Launcher would be cool as well.

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  • carewolf
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    Originally posted by MrRtd View Post
    Bad for consumers, so expect this acquisition to be approved.
    Doubt they can run the companies any worse than they already were.

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  • Paradigm Shifter
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    Originally posted by bemerk View Post
    Open source the battle.net client instead of pushing stuff to the closed steam ecosystem.
    Would be the better move
    Agreed.

    Sadly, though, pigs will likely fly before that happens!

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  • Paradigm Shifter
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    Originally posted by Luke_Wolf View Post
    What part of the library was worth $69 billion to block from other platforms?

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    I can see how people stuck in the past might think this is a great move, but this is one of the worst deals in the history of business, and while it definitely won't kill Microsoft, people are probably going to be fired over this.
    No idea what the reasoning is. I was just throwing out some possibilities. I do know a businessman who, when he had the cash, bought out his nearest competitor simply to get rid of them. His business was still doing well, last time I checked, and I would imagine that that is a tactic used by more than just that one businessman.

    You're not thinking like a multinational business, or a C-suite trying to consolidate control over a market. To pare down the competitors, someone at Microsoft obviously considers it a reasonable price to pay. Microsoft (and many other "Big" companies) have seen their valuations increase dramatically thanks to SARS-Cov-2, so whether or not it's a good idea.... time will tell. It seems mostly a mind-share thing. WoW is big (although I never understood why), Starcraft has a near fanatical fanbase, particularly in Korea... hm, that might be part of it; further expansion into Asia. And if it does cost them enough to fatally damage the company? Someone will bail them out (a la Microsoft and Apple) or outright buy them, so there are no downsides for the Microsoft C-suite.

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  • smitty3268
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    Originally posted by CommunityMember View Post

    They often start that way. The question is more whether the CEO (and others in the executive team) will be transitioned to an advisory roll after a year or so, and then will choose to spend more time with their family sometime later (taking their cash and stock options). It is all carefully choreographed in advance with such large acquisitions, although the details are behind various NDA agreements so the rest of us can only see the results far after the completion of the process.
    Bobby Kotick is 100% gone as soon as this deal closes, or almost immediately after. You can tell by the way everyone is so quiet about exactly what his role will be in the new company, and everyone is confirming it unofficially already.

    It's just that a deal this big takes a long time to go through, so he'll be here until then. Sounds like summer 2023 is when they hope to be done.

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