In the midst of the turmoil that is Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard, the Xbox owner has decided to take another step towards transparency. The company has published an exclusive page on this topic, where information and reports are presented. The aim is to calm sentiment, especially from Sony, which has been staunchly opposed to talks.
For those interested in the progress of the entire process, Microsoft has posted content on its website. It contains news and explanations about the company’s goals, the gaming market and, of course, the benefits of this transaction. Also available is an interview with Xbox boss Phil Spencer, who offers insight and answers questions.
The main message can be found directly on the main page, which states:
Gamers and developers are at the heart of Xbox. We want to enable people to play games anywhere, anytime and on any device. And developers deserve more options to create, distribute and monetize their innovative titles. When we do that, we all win. That’s why we’re sharing more about the industry and how our acquisition of Activision Blizzard fits into our strategy.
Since this is considered to be the company’s largest acquisition in the gaming industry (see other 9), the entire negotiation is still ongoing. Sony is the main opponent of the agreement, which has stated its position at various times. This led to an exchange of barbs, with the Xbox owner accusing the Japanese company of paying to prevent games from entering Game Pass.
However, it should be remembered that brands such as Nintendo and Ubisoft were not against the deal.
Microsoft is trying to be transparent in the midst of chaos
Unlike other acquisitions in the industry, Activision Blizzard’s proved to be the most difficult. This is because not only Sony’s complaints, but several situations involving harassment, lawsuits and employee strikes.
For example, in January 2022, the developer Devil and overwatch announced that approximately 80 professionals had left the company or received warnings. Many of these “clean” names have been accused of inappropriate behavior in the workplace.
In March 2022, the parents of an employee of the company filed a lawsuit against Activision Blizzard. The girl committed suicide because of the toxic environment and sexual harassment there.
Therefore, Microsoft takes care to prevent other similar cases. Another reason to maintain transparency by creating a page about negotiations between companies.