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Microsoft has officially announced the first Activision Blizzard title to hit Xbox Game Pass and PC Game Pass to be Diablo IV. The hugely popular action RPG is coming to the service next month.
New reports claim that Microsoft's recent layoffs will cause the physical office of Activision development studio Toys for Boy to close, although the team itself will reportedly remain.
The Federal Trade Commission has filed a formal complaint to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, saying Microsoft's gaming layoffs contradict its previous Activision Blizzard claims.
As part of Microsoft's 1,900 layoffs in its gaming division, the company has reportedly cut a majority of the team members employed at Activision Blizzard's esports division this week.
Some unconfirmed but reliable reports seem to show more of the extent of Thursday's layoffs in the Microsoft Gaming division, including shutting down teams for launching physical games.
Microsoft is letting go about 1,900 employees from its gaming division, most of whom work in Activision Blizzard. Xbox and ZeniMax employees are also affected by the latest layoffs.
Microsoft President Brad Smith said in a new interview that UK regulators were "tough and fair" when they initially blocked the company's deal to buy Activision Blizzard in April 2023.
Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick will officially depart the company on Friday, December 29. Microsoft will be making some more changes in its executive ranks following Kotick's departure.
The Federal Trade Commission and Microsoft will battle in a US appeals courtroom today. The FTC will try to convince the judges that Microsoft's purchase of Activision Blizzard is anticompetitive
Microsoft is alerting players in parts of Europe that they will see a pop-up the next time they play three Call of Duty games and Crash Team Rumble to accept a new software agreement.
The next entry in the Call of Duty franchise will take players to the Gulf War according to a new report. The upcoming Black Ops title has reportedly been in development for four years.
As part of an extensive new interview, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella looks back at the shutdown of its Windows Phone division, stating "we could have made it work" by trying to reinvent that category.
In a new interview, Xbox head Phil Spencer has confirmed that the first Activision Blizzard games won't be added to Xbox Game Pass until 2024, admitting that's "a little bit of a downer."
Ubisoft will take over the cloud gaming rights to current and future Activision Blizzard games for 15 years, but the company believes that physical game disk sales will never completely go away.
The US Federal Trade Commission is still going to go through with its court case against Microsoft's purchase of Activision Blizzard, claiming that the $69 billion deal is "a threat to competition"
Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick will leave the company sometime before the end of 2023, following today's announcement that Microsoft has officially acquired the game publisher.
Microsoft had officially closed the deal to buy Activision Blizzard. The plan to purchase the huge game developer and publisher of Call of Duty and others was first announced in January 2022
The UK has approved Microsoft's acquisition of Activision-Blizzard. Both companies welcomed the regulator's decision. Microsoft will complete its $68.7 billion purchase of the video game publisher.
A new report says that the EU's regulatory body, the European Commission, will not ask for a new probe into Microsoft's proposed purchase of Activision Blizzard, after the company made changes to it.
A new report says Activision held an internal town hall this week, where its CEO Bobby Kotick got interviewed by James Corden (not a joke) about the future of the publisher under Microsoft.
A new report claims, contrary to a message from Activision Blizzard this week, "a ton of" games from the publisher will be added to Microsoft's Xbox Game Pass as soon as its acquisition closes.
A new message from Activision Blizzard says that while we won't see Call of Duty Modern Warfare III or Diablo IV added to Xbox Game Pass this year, it will start adding games sometime in 2024.
The Taiwan Fair Trade Commission has approved Microsoft's plan to acquire Activision Blizzard, even as the company awaits final approval from the UK's Competition and Markets Authority.
A new report claims that Microsoft is planning to officially announce it has closed the deal to acquire Activision Blizzard on Friday, October 13, barring any last minute surprise from the UK CMA.
The US Federal Trade Commission will hold its own in-house trial to challenge Microsoft's plan to buy Activision Blizzard, but that trial is unlikely to prevent the deal from closing in October.
A blog post from Microsoft has detailed how 38 signatories filed nine "friend of the court" briefs, showing support for Microsoft's position against the FTC in its bid to buy Activision Blizzard.
Microsoft may be at the finish line of acquiring Activision Blizzard. The UK Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has provisionally agreed to the buyout following Microsoft's deal with Ubisoft.
A new report claims the UK Competition and Markets Authority could make a preliminary decision on whether or not to approve Microsoft's plan to buy Activision Blizzard sometime next week.
This will be the first time the rebooted Modern Warfare series in the Call of Duty franchise will get a zombie mode, but the storyline also has ties to other Call of Duty games as well.
In a newly revealed internal email, Microsoft Xbox head Phil Spencer revealed he had "numerous discussions" with Nintendo about "tighter collaboration" and said it was the "PRIME asset" for gaming.
Newly leaked emails from 2022 reveal that Activision was briefed on Nintendo's next-gen Switch 2. The emails suggest that the new system would offer performance on par with the Xbox One/PS4.
In recent documents that have been released during the FTC vs. Microsoft case, it's been confirmed that the next installment of The Elder Scrolls franchise won't be coming to PlayStation 5
In a new interview, Brad Smith said that Microsoft has "worked to address" the concerns about the Activision Blizzard deal with regulators, adding “We haven't tried to dismiss them."
Microsoft Xbox head Phil Spencer stated in new interviews this week at Gamescom that we shouldn't expect a mid-console hardware refresh right now, along with preserving Xbox 360 games and more.
Microsoft believes this restructuring of its proposed plan to acquire Activision Blizzard will allow the UK Competition and Markets Authority to finally approve its plan to acquire the game publisher.
Activision has confirmed that Zombies are returning to the Call of Duty franchise with the release of Modern Warfare 3, and that Modern Warfare 2 players can carry over their inventory and weapons.
New Zealand's Commerce Commission has cleared Microsoft to buy Activision Blizzard, with no conditions. The regulator said the purchase "is unlikely to substantially lessen competition".
The next game in Activision's massive Call of Duty first-person shooter game franchise will launch on November 10. The teaser trailer offers up a few hints about the game's campaign storyline.
Hasbro wanted Activision-published Transformers games recovered and put on Game Pass. But Activision said the game code was still sound. Hasbro then apologized and stated its claim was a mistake.