Phil Spencer Defends Future Of Halo Amid Cuts And Criticism

Image: 343 Industries / Microsoft Things haven’t been going great for Xbox recently. Microsoft is facing stiff resistance in its attempt to acquire Activision Blizzard. It released hardly any big exclusive blockbusters last year. And it just cut over 10,000 jobs last week, including many senior developers at Halo Infinite studio 343 Industries. Microsoft Gaming … Read more

Blizzard Boston Devs Blame Boss For Torpedoing Union

Image: blizzard Workers at Proletariat Studio, also known as Blizzard Boston, won’t be unionizing after all. The Communications Workers of America Union announced on Tuesday that it will pull its petition for a union election, and blames Proletariat CEO Seth Sivak for treating workers’ organizing efforts as a personal betrayal and holding a series of … Read more

Blizzard China: Millions of players lose access to ‘World of Warcraft’ and other games as it goes dark

Hong Kong CNN — Millions of players in China have lost access to the iconic “World of Warcraft” franchise and other popular video games, as Blizzard Entertainment’s servers in the country went offline after two decades. The company’s services in China were suspended at midnight local time on Tuesday, marking the end of an era … Read more

FTC looks to block Microsoft’s blockbuster acquisition of Activision Blizzard

washington CNN 🇧🇷 The Federal Trade Commission on Thursday sued to block Microsoft’s $69 billion acquisition of Activision Blizzard, challenging one of the largest tech acquisitions in history. The administrative complaint filed Thursday by the FTC alleges that the blockbuster deal, which would make Microsoft the third-largest video game publisher in the world, would give … Read more

Microsoft president Brad Smith to meet with FTC bigs over $69B Activision deal

Mr. Smith is heading to Washington — and the hope is to get Microsoft’s $69 billion acquisition of Activision cleared by the feds. Microsoft President Brad Smith is planning to meet with the Federal Trade Commission’s three Democratic members on Wednesday in a last-ditch bid to keep the tech giant’s blockbuster video-game deal from getting … Read more

Rift at FTC stirs hope for Microsoft’s $69B Activision merger

A rift has emerged at the Federal Trade Commission over Microsoft’s $69 billion deal to acquire Activision — potentially paving the way for the controversial mega-merger to get approved, The Post has learned. At least one Democrat on the four-member panel has recently taken a sympathetic view of the merger, according to a source close … Read more

Activision insiders fret $69B Microsoft merger could crumble

Microsoft’s $69 billion Activision buyout is facing heightened scrutiny from regulators — and some insiders at the game studio behind “Call of Duty” are worried that the Xbox maker could effectively blow up the deal, The Post has learned. Antitrust authorities in the US, United Kingdom and European Union are all reviewing the deal, which … Read more

9 Things We Just Learned About Game Pass And Xbox Series X/S

Image: Microsoft / Kotaku Microsoft is making big moves and Game Pass is just one piece of the puzzle. The subscription service has kept Xbox Series X/S relevant despite the lack of recent conversation-stealing first-party exclusives, but the company seems to be setting its sights on the mobile space for its next big gaming push. … Read more

Google Launches New Beta to Play Android Games on PC

Android released its Google Play Games launcher beta to western audiences Tuesday, claiming you can save your progress between multiple devices.gif: Google Are you growing tired of staring at your 5 by 2 inch screen to play Android mobile games? Well, on Tuesday, Google’s Android Developers blog announced that the company’s launching a new beta … Read more

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 is the last of its kind

When the latest Call of Duty title launches Friday, it will mark the end of one of gaming’s most enduring, profitable, and influential series. Call of Duty isn’t disappearing, of course, but its future stands to change in both subtle and dramatic ways in the coming years. A transforming game industry and Microsoft’s pending acquisition … Read more