It is the biggest acquisition in video games so far and we are…surprised to say the least. But what does Microsoft’s planned acquisition of Activision Blizzard actually mean for video game culture, for the way we play, and for the market of the future? Come along as we discuss limitations and possibilities.
In our side quests, we then dive into some NFT chatter as we cover the GDC’s annual State of the Game Industry report as well as several cases of copyright infringements.
- 00:04:28 What does Microsoft purchasing Activision Blizzard mean for video game culture?
- Microsoft to acquire Activision Blizzard to bring the joy and community of gaming to everyone, across every device (Microsoft)
- Microsoft to acquire Activision Blizzard for $68.7 billion (Tom Warren)
- Activision Blizzard boss Bobby Kotick expected to leave once Microsoft deal closes – report (Tom Phillips)
- Bobby Kotick interview: Why Activision Blizzard did the deal with Microsoft (Dean Takahashi)
- Microsoft Buys Scandal-Tainted Activision in Bet on Metaverse (Nate Lanxon)
- Industry overview by Geoff Keighley
- Sony stock value plummets $20bn following word of Microsoft Activision Blizzard deal (Tom Phillips)
- Twitter statement by ABK Workers Alliance
- 00:55:29 GDC State Of The Game Industry 2022: Devs Weigh In On NFTs, Unions, And More (GDC Staff)
- 01:11:52 Content Creators Are Having Their Pictures And YouTube Channels Stolen And Sold As NFTs (Rhiannon Bevan)