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  • Read Bobby Kotick's Letter To Staff About The Microsoft Buyout
    Earlier today, Microsoft announced its intended acquisition of Activision Blizzard for a total of almost $70 billion, making it the biggest acquisition in gaming history if the sale goes through. The surprise announcement comes after months of controversy for Activision Blizzard, which began with a lawsuit from the state of California over the company's alleged culture of harassment.The official announcement of the acquisition said that "Bobby Kotick will continue to serve as CEO of Activision Blizzard," though insider reports have suggested Kotick will leave the company once the deal goes through.For now, Kotick is still the head of Activision Blizzard,...
  • VideoThe Sims 4 Will Have Customizable Pronouns
    The Sims 4 developer Maxis has announced that customizable genders are on the way. The announcement was shared during its official Sims 4 livestream, in which key members of The Sims team sat down with various gender researchers to discuss the update--as well as show off how it might look once implemented.The Sims 4's pronoun customization menu.While the team made it clear the shared footage is still in development and is therefore subject to change, as of right now it appears the feature will make its way into The Sims 4 in the shape of an additional drop box players...
  • Bobby Kotick's Payout Is A Small Price For The Good That Could Come From Microsoft's Acquisition
    Microsoft's announcement of a planned acquisition of Activision Blizzard sent ripples through the industry for a number of different reasons. The ramifications for Microsoft's library, Xbox Game Pass, exclusivity, and more are all staggering. But much of the discussion has centered on what will ultimately happen to current Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick, who for months has been resisting pressure to resign amid allegations of a toxic workplace culture and lax-at-best leadership. With news of the acquisition, Kotick is likely headed for a massive payday at the end of this process, which just feels wrong. And while this, rightly, will...
  • League Of Legends: Wild Rift 3.0 Update Patch Notes--Game, Sett, Match
    The 3.0 patch notes for League of Legends: Wild Rift have been released, and along with a brand-new Champion comes a new way to play LoL on the go.The new hero is Sett, a leader in the Ionian criminal underground. Sett is a Fighter class champion, using abilities like Knuckle Down to buff his attacks and Facebreaker to attack multiple enemies at once. Sett joins the Wild Rift roster on January 26.Also coming to Wild Rift in the 3.0 patch is a returning mode called Ultra Rapid Fire (URF). This is a faster, more streamlined version of the core League...
  • With Activision Blizzard Acquisition, The Microsoft Mobile Footprint Grows Stronger
    Earlier today, Microsoft shocked the industry with news it will acquire Activision Blizzard for nearly $70 billion. While reactions came pouring in--and memes quickly flooding social media--most of the discourse has centered around Activision Blizzard's flagship titles.While those questions are certainly valid--"is Call of Duty going Xbox-exclusive?" being a particularly juicy topic--there's a facet of this acquisition that is going woefully under-analyzed: the Xbox brand's newly acquired foothold in mobile gaming.Microsoft and Mobile Previously Haven't MeshedMicrosoft is no stranger to gaming on mobile devices, pushing cloud-based gaming through its Game Pass service since 2019 when it was called Project xCloud....
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