Activision Blizzard's controversial boss Bobby Kotick recently considered acquiring video games websites such as Kotaku and PC Gamer, according to a new report. That's according to the Wall St Journal , and sources with knowledge of Activision Blizzard's recent plans. Kotick apparently suggested the idea to "change the public narrative" surrounding Activision Blizzard, following months of media coverage of the company's culture , history of sexual harassment allegations , and subsequent employee protests . Activision has denied the report, while Kotaku owner G/O Media declined to comment. PC Gamer did not respond. The suggestion seems to be that Activision Blizzard wanted to make an acquisition which would give the media something new to chew over - rather than an outright attempt at purchasing media outlets which had previously published critical coverage. Still, the effect would likely to have been chilling. Kotick is expected to finally leave Activision Blizzard … [Read more...] about Activision Blizzard boss mulled buyout of Kotaku and PC Gamer – report
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The 3.0 patch notes for League of Legends: Wild Rift have been released, and along with a brand-new Champion comes a new way to play LoL on the go. The new hero is Sett, a leader in the Ionian criminal underground. Sett is a Fighter class champion, using abilities like Knuckle Down to buff his attacks and Facebreaker to attack multiple enemies at once. Sett joins the Wild Rift roster on January 26. Also coming to Wild Rift in the 3.0 patch is a returning mode called Ultra Rapid Fire (URF). This is a faster, more streamlined version of the core League of Legends experience that allows Champions to access their special attacks more often than usual, resulting in full matches running about half as long as usual. The URF map this time around will have a Lunar New Year theme, which will also be celebrated through limited time skins and accessories. The full League of Legends: Wild Rift 3.0 patch notes are below. League of Legends: Wild Rift launched in March 2021 as a mobile … [Read more...] about League Of Legends: Wild Rift 3.0 Update Patch Notes–Game, Sett, Match
Microsoft's planned acquisition of Activision Blizzard is a massive shift in the gaming industry that would place huge franchises like Call of Duty and World of Warcraft under the Xbox umbrella. The continued consolidation in the industry has raised questions among the community of antitrust violations and if that could impact the deal. GameSpot spoke with lawyer Richard Hoeg, who said these potential pitfalls are unlikely to scuttle the acquisition altogether. However, the deal will certainly attract the close attention of the United States Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and Department of Justice (DOJ), and regulators could request some changes that make the acquisition look different than initially planned. To start, he said, Microsoft is likely to argue that the overall gaming market is so broad that this level of consolidation doesn't pose a risk to competition. "That said, in the US both the FTC and DOJ have expressed more willingness to evaluate such deals than they have in … [Read more...] about Microsoft’s Activision Blizzard Acquisition Likely To Be Scrutinized By Regulators, Says Legal Expert
Microsoft announced plans to acquire Activision Blizzard today , making it the company's largest acquisition ever--not just in gaming, but across all industries . The proposed $70 billion deal will mean Microsoft owns the rights to some of the biggest franchises in gaming, including Call of Duty and World of Warcraft . But following Activision's stewardship of annualization and tumult over harassment, what kind of studio culture is Microsoft buying? When Microsoft bought studios like Obsidian or Double Fine, it was easy to understand the types of expertise and culture the company was buying. As an elevator pitch, you could say that Obsidian is known for mechanically complex RPGs, and Double Fine is known for its quirky humor. You can understand right away how these fold into the Microsoft umbrella to complement and round out their existing corporate and creative structures. Microsoft's previously largest gaming acquisition, Bethesda, was similarly clear across its slate of … [Read more...] about What Kind Of Culture Is Microsoft Buying In Activision Blizzard Acquisition Deal?
Bobby Kotick will reportedly depart Activision Blizzard once the publisher's newly announced merger with Microsoft is finalized, but he will remain CEO of the company for the immediate future. In its announcement of the Microsoft Activision purchase , the latter company repeatedly stressed that "Kotick will continue to serve as CEO of Activision Blizzard, and he and his team will maintain their focus on driving efforts to further strengthen the company's culture and accelerate business growth." However, it was also made clear that "once the deal closes, the Activision Blizzard business will report to Phil Spencer," CEO of Microsoft Gaming. Microsoft supported this timeline in a statement to IGN but didn't explicitly specify whether Kotick will maintain his position after the deal's transition period. However, the Wall Street Journal reports that, according to people familiar with the publisher's plans, Kotick "will depart once the deal closes." The deal is … [Read more...] about Bobby Kotick will remain Activision Blizzard CEO but reports suggest he may leave once Microsoft deal closes