Xbox Finally Owns Activision, What Happens Now? | Spot On

After two years of economic and legal jousting, Microsoft and Xbox has finally closed the deal to buy Activision Blizzard King for $68.7 billion.

It’s Microsoft’s biggest acquisition of all time and one of the largest in the history of the business world across all sectors. This means that Xbox is now in possession of some of the biggest intellectual properties in the video games industry, which naturally has led to the question: what happens now? While it’s difficult for us to really plot out what is actually going to happen now, we have thoughts on what we’d like to see happen and what we’d like to see avoided.

On this episode of Spot On, Lucy and Tam talk through some of the things Microsoft and Xbox should keep in mind as it approaches the next few years, and figuring out how Activision Blizzard King fit into its portfolio. They also discuss how they think the company should deal with the vast catalogue of IP it now has in its possession, especially given that many of them are beloved by gamers on all platforms as opposed to just Xbox.

Spot On is a weekly news show airing Fridays in which GameSpot’s managing editor Tamoor Hussain and senior producer Lucy James talk about the latest news in games. Given the highly dynamic and never-ending news cycle of the massive video game industry, there’s always something to talk about but, unlike most other news shows, Spot On will dive deep into a single topic as opposed to recapping all the news. Spot On airs each Friday.

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