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  1. #301
    Not sure how credible. But very nice if true.

    Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick to Leave After Deal With Microsoft Closes, Sources Say -- WSJ
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    https://twitter.com/DeItaone/status/1483493967912214532

  2. #302
    Quote Originally Posted by The Vindicator View Post
    WoW will not get an expansion past 10.0

    It's been a ride boys
    I feel like that was more likely -before- this purchase.

    Activision would have gotten rid of the now tainted Blizzard name. The IPs would have been absorbed and possibly abandoned.

    Now it's possible Microsoft cleans the company, moves some developers around, but keeps the game going. They may also just ditch the MMO and give Obsidian the Warcraft IP to do some RPG, which wouldn't be the worst thing ever either.

  3. #303
    Microsoft has been putting out some good games recently.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Khaza-R View Post
    Not sure how credible. But very nice if true.



    https://twitter.com/DeItaone/status/1483493967912214532
    I been hearing some back and forth, some sources have said he still will serve another 2 years. Some have said he isn't leaving and another has said he is staying for as long as he is needed...

    Either way he gets a huge buyout.

    So confused lol
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  5. #305
    If the plan is to include as many games as possible on the gamepass then I expect battlenet application to be terminated in the coming years

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soulwind View Post
    I feel like that was more likely -before- this purchase.

    Activision would have gotten rid of the now tainted Blizzard name. The IPs would have been absorbed and possibly abandoned.

    Now it's possible Microsoft cleans the company, moves some developers around, but keeps the game going. They may also just ditch the MMO and give Obsidian the Warcraft IP to do some RPG, which wouldn't be the worst thing ever either.
    lol I would actually love that that actually. I would certainly come back to the game if they made a spin off PRG series based on Warcraft for sure.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Orby View Post
    I been hearing some back and forth, some sources have said he still will serve another 2 years. Some have said he isn't leaving and another has said he is staying for as long as he is needed...

    Either way he gets a huge buyout.

    So confused lol
    The deal doesn't go through until 2023. So that 2 years could be accurate if it's the tail end of 2023. I can't imagine $68 billion is an easy and fast acquisition.

  8. #308
    Quote Originally Posted by Skildar View Post
    If the plan is to include as many games as possible on the gamepass then I expect battlenet application to be terminated in the coming years
    The more likely scenario is that you'll be forced to buy Game Pass on top of the standard WoW subscription.

  9. #309
    Quote Originally Posted by Orby View Post
    I been hearing some back and forth, some sources have said he still will serve another 2 years. Some have said he isn't leaving and another has said he is staying for as long as he is needed...

    Either way he gets a huge buyout.

    So confused lol
    Personally I can't imagine him staying after the deal goes through. Especially after the last year of drama with AVTI and the negative press it gave him.

  10. #310
    Quote Originally Posted by Razorice View Post
    Could be good, but MR. Psychopath Kotick is staying as CEO so nothing good.
    https://twitter.com/DeItaone/status/1483493967912214532

    For over 1 year more yeah, but after Their Estimated Date. He will finally be gone for good!

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    Quote Originally Posted by TrollHunter3000 View Post
    Nope. Cash.

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    Not very good leverage lmao they paid 95/share. Their stock has like an all time high of 101 which was a year ago, pre-controversary.
    I wish people wouldn't undersell how much a few percent actually is when you're talking about figures in the tens of billions.

    The difference between 95 and 101 on a nearly $70b deal is close to the total value of Lucasfilm when Disney bought it.

  12. #312
    I'm cautiously optimistic for this. It could very well be the answer to the problems WoW has been dealing with. The internal staff issues, the poor leadership, and the brain drain. Could also be a problem too. Just really depends on the vision Microsoft has for it.

  13. #313
    Quote Originally Posted by Khaza-R View Post
    Not sure how credible. But very nice if true.
    Unless of course the sexual harassment allegations were a psyop by microsoft to get the value of the company down as far as possible

  14. #314
    Quote Originally Posted by Vandosq View Post
    This is just so factually wrong by every metric. For Blizzard wow remains it's biggest earner, which is obvious. Subscription+game purchases+in game purchases adds up to far more than hearthstone ever will.
    Is it? youre forgetting Hearthstone is available on mobile... so it has significantly more users than WoW does and every user is a potential customer.

    The new expansions and card packs almost guarantee income, while WoW is just losing players and barely has like 5 million players these days to begin with.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Otaka View Post
    Is it? youre forgetting Hearthstone is available on mobile... so it has significantly more users than WoW does and every user is a potential customer.

    The new expansions and card packs almost guarantee income, while WoW is just losing players and barely has like 5 million players these days to begin with.
    5 million? There are people who think wow still has 5million players? Jesus.........
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dundebuns View Post
    Here's hoping Microsoft sever Blizzard from the rest of that entity and allow them to work autonomously again. Can you imagine!
    No, I can't imagine that at all.
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  17. #317
    Me seeing the news: "Huh".

    I don't have a dog in the race anymore - don't have any Blizzard games installed, wasn't planning on it in the future - and nothing has changed with this news. Blizzard, regardless of who owns them, still needs to prove they can make games worth buying, and right now, that's a pretty bleak picture.

    We'll see. I'm sure the next two years will be like this thread - some good commentary, and a metric buttload of pure manure and copium. What else is new?

    BUT - it's absolutely more entertaining than Blizzard's games, at the moment. So they have that going for them.

    There are questions, though. They bought a company with an ongoing lawsuit by the state of California, a union on the edge of materializing, a brain drain, and a game that has become more lucrative to complain about, than actually play, by the media and influencers. I'd love to be in the meetings when that's all discussed.

    What will happen? Dunno. But this new season of As Blizzard Burns is looking to be quite spicy. Who will stay on? Who will quit because they don't want to work for Microsoft? What will they do?

    Tune in and find out! Woo! Something new to talk about is good, bitching about that hack Danuser was getting boring!

  18. #318
    I think it’s good news.

    I’d rather have Microsoft in charge, than Activision. Phil does a good job and Xbox has been on the up and up for a while now.

    If anything, it means stuff will be on Game Pass in some capacity.

    And more will be done with the IPs, which is also a good thing.

    So Im actually optimistic about it and the company for the first time in a really long time.

    It’s not final until June 2023, so it’ll be a while.

    We’ll see.

  19. #319
    Quote Originally Posted by Ersula View Post
    Unless of course the sexual harassment allegations were a psyop by microsoft to get the value of the company down as far as possible
    Yeah...I kind of doubt Microsoft has that kind of power, to get the State Of California to start a lawsuit over events that stretch back to a decade ago. I mean, that's Jailer level of 52D chess right there.

  20. #320
    Quote Originally Posted by arkanon View Post
    5 million? There are people who think wow still has 5million players? Jesus.........
    Vanilla Classic is dead, TBC was a flopping potato, and shadowlands is in freefall. I just can't see how there could be 5 million.

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