The Effects of Microsoft’s Gargantuan Acquisition

In this episode of the podcast we talk about the largest acquisition in the history of the gaming industry: Microsoft’s $86 billion pickup of game industry titan Activision/Blizzard.

Topics Discussed

  • Overview of the acquisition
  • What this means for the future of Xbox, Steam and Playstation
  • Movie adaptations and the forthcoming Uncharted movie
  • Sony’s recent $3 billion acquisition of Bungie
  • Activision and Blizzard’s treasure trove of IP
  • Consolidation in the game industry and larger economy
  • Transition from console wars to subscription wars
  • Steam vs Gamepass for PC gaming distribution

Games Mentioned

  • Blizzard classics: Warcraft, Starcraft, Diablo
  • Activision classics: King’s Quest, Hexen
  • The Long Dark