Xbox tried to acquire Blizzard more than 20 years ago
Xbox almost acquired Blizzard almost 20 years ago, according to an Executive Xbox. Earlier this year, Microsoft acquired Activision Blizzard for almost 70,000 million dollars. The decision caused sensation not only in the gaming industry, but throughout the world of entertainment. It is the largest acquisition in the history of the industry, since Microsoft now becomes the sole owner of franchises such as Call of Duty, World of Warcraft, Crash Bandicoot and much more. With so much IP, Microsoft has become an undeniable power that can take advantage of Xbox Game Pass in a lucrative way. That said, Microsoft almost got a part of that many years before.
In an interview with the Xboxera podcast, the former vice president of Xbox, Ed Fries, noted that he tried to buy Blizzard on numerous occasions before his departure in 2004. Fries said that over the 90s, several different companies like Vivendi passed Blizzard and, however, Microsoft was continuously surpassed. Ultimately, once Blizzard did mundo from Warcraft, it became impossible for Microsoft to acquire the company. Despite the departure of Fries, Microsoft fulfilled his decades later when acquiring Activision Blizzard. So far, the agreement has not been specified, but it is expected to be completed for the summer of 2023. So far, Microsoft has not outlined any concrete plan on how it will use Activision as Xbox's own equipment.
Microsoft can not make any official business plan regarding Activision until the treatment is closed, but it has declared that it will probably keep Call of Duty as a multiplatform franchise if the treatment is concrete. According to reports, Call of Duty 2023 was delayed one year, but is not due to the acquisition. Blizzard has no launch dates for your next two games, vigilance 2 and diablo 4. A beta for vigilance 2 is expected to start soon, and invitations will be sent as soon as April 26.
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