Rapia vuosi sitten Microsoft ilmoitti ostavansa Activision Blizzardin, ja kyseessähän on se pelialan historian mittavin kauppa. Diilin loppuun saattamiseen varattiin aikaa 18 kuukautta, mikä tarkoittaa tulevaa kesää. Xbox-pomo Phil Spencer on edelleen luottavainen kaupan toteutumisen suhteen IGN:n mukaan. Tämä siitäkin huolimatta, että vastustusta on esiintynyt varsin merkittäviltä tahoilta.
"Given a year ago, for me, I didn't know anything about the process of doing an acquisition like this. The fact that I have more insight, more knowledge about what it means to work with the different regulatory boards, I'm more confident now than I was a year ago, simply based on the information I have and the discussions that we've been having."
Spencerin mukaan kaupan toteuduttua mahtavaa on tulossa.
"When we announced a year ago, we talked about an 18-month timeframe. We're 12 months into that. I think we continue to stay focused on getting the deal closed. I think we can do some amazing things together with the teams at Activision-Blizzard-King on the mobile side, and collaborating them with new creative and new ways to deliver their content. And us learning a lot from the work that those teams do in mobile, which is a space that we just don't have a lot of expertise as Xbox, but also is the largest gaming platform in the world.
So my confidence remains high. We're actively working with the regulatory boards around the world that need to approve for this, and it's been a learning experience for me. A lot of time spent, a lot of travel, a lot of conversations, but they're conversations where I get to talk about our industry and the work that we do and why we do it. I think the more regulators are informed about what gaming is, how the business runs, who the players are, and what our aspiration is as Team Xbox is just a good thing for the industry itself."