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Phil Spencer says Microsoft are not slowing down with acquisitions

Published: 12:47, 16 September 2022
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Phil Spencer hints at more Microsoft acquisitions, saying he wants to "make sure Xbox is at the forefront of innovation and competition"

Microsoft Gaming boss Phil Spencer says that they don't have to "press pause on anything" in such a competitive market where Tencent and Sony are heavily investing in gaming content and creators. 

Microsoft Gaming boss Phil Spencer seems to hint that more acquisitions are on the horizon for Xbox . In his most recent interview with CNBC , Spencer talked about the ActivisionBlizzard deal, which is currently under the loop of regulators across the world and also touched upon the main competitors Sony and Tencent, Call of Duy exclusivity and more potential studio acquisitions. 

When asked if it's time to slow down with acquisition if ActivisionBlizzard goes through, Spencer was pretty adamant that Microsoft don't need to hit the breaks at all. 

"This is such a competitive market. I don't think we get to press pause on anything," Spencer said. "Tencent is the largest gaming company on the planet today and they continue to heavily invest in gaming content and game creators. Sony is a larger business than we are in gaming today and they continue to invest."

We doubt Microsoft will be officially acquiring more studios before the ActivisionBlizzard deal closes but once they have that all wrapped up, expect to see more big moves from the American tech giant. 

It's probably unlikely that Microsoft will look to buy more big publishers like EA or Ubisoft but on the other hand, some people said that after the Bethesda acquisition, so don't rule out more big acquisitions just yet. 

And while Microsoft have been pushing hard to close the ActivisionBlizzard acquisition, Sony are trying everything to stop this merger. 

"By giving Microsoft control of Activision games like Call of Duty, this deal would have major negative implications for gamers and the future of the gaming industry," Sony said recently.

Microsoft and activision blizzard Microsoft are looking to close the ActivisionBlizzard deal by Summer 2023

Expectedly, Sony seem to care only for Call of Duty and have been mentioning the popular shooter franchise many times in their comments to regulators. 

Call of Duty is one of the biggest games in the world so it's not surprising that Sony are afraid of losing a large amount of revenue generated by purchases on their store. 

Microsoft are expected to wrap up the acquisition of ActivisionBlizzard in Summer 2023, despite Sony's best efforts to delay/shut down the deal.

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