Microsoft's Activision deal reportedly gains support from European developer federation

The European Games Developer Federation has reportedly weighed in on Microsoft's proposed Activision Blizzard deal, saying it "welcomes" the European Commission's investigation but "supports" the acquisition.

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Sonic1881518d ago (Edited 518d ago )

This deal will get done eventually but why does it feel like the first part of the statement sounds like they expect MS to not have any exclusives at all? I get that’s not their point, but the wording isn’t great.

Christopher517d ago (Edited 517d ago )

Because they're kind of like us gamers, which is what most developers are, people who want their games to be played by as many people as possible. It's not like your regular developers really like the idea of holing games off in specific ecosystems. Even Naughty Dog, Guerilla Games, and the like want their games to be enjoyed by as many as possible, they just also understand the constraints of "Business."

And they aren't saying they want to take games from MS or the like, they just want all games to go to as many gamers as possible.

Lore518d ago

Anyone Microsoft has lobbied with and/or paid off in some way is of course going to be “in support.”

Knushwood Butt518d ago

'gains support'

So they didn't support from the outset?

Asplundh517d ago

Lol you guys kill me. Something happens that you don't like and then there's a conspiracy behind it. The majority of the public are fine with the deal, guess Microsoft must of paid them off too.

AmUnRa517d ago (Edited 517d ago )

Noppe, they are oke with the deal if MS puts the games from Activision Blizzard on ALL platforms including the PS5.

ModsDoBetter517d ago

It’s hilarious really.
“AnOtHeR pAiD aRtIcLe By MiCrOsOfT”
“mIcRoSoFt PaId ThEm OfF”

You’re either a gamer or you’re a fanboy. Sadly this site is crawling with the latter.

Lore517d ago

Do your research, there’s evidence of Microsoft (along with Amazon, Google and many more) providing financial support to certain “non-profits” that weigh in on such matters in support of deals like this going through. Don’t have the source but Hoeg (the attorney) sited it in one of his videos covering this topic a few months ago

C-H-E-F517d ago

Very interesting it's been how long 2 years?? now you have support? LOL, obviously dropped a bag or have some pics of em with little James smh.

tay8701518d ago

On the fence if this goes through. Think it will, but not without concessions by MS. Sony will likely strike back with capcom and square when this finally goes through.

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Kekewei518d ago (Edited 518d ago )

I hope not, especially not SE. SE is not worth throwing money at in this state. Keeping FF exclusive deals will be enough.

tay8701518d ago

If I were Sony I would try and buy a couple if their best studios and the FF ip. I'd leave the rest to square

RedDevils518d ago

Yeah, like SE would sell for your benefit. If you gonna buy, you gonna buy the whole thing, or else they would be just a shell.

tay8701517d ago (Edited 517d ago )

@redevils you do realize square themselves have said that they will be selling stakes in the studios. Sony might be able to buy, or at thr very least aquire large stakes in some if it's studios. I'd love it if Sony could pry thr final fantasy ip from them, but even if they can't they will likely continue to get thr exclusive on them

blackblades517d ago (Edited 517d ago )

Lol they are worth it, Sony would give them a better budget for most of there games as well put them in check and teach them a thing or 2. Anyways these are just stupid rumors people burnt into there brains.

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porkChop518d ago (Edited 518d ago )

Sony can't afford to go around buying publishers. They've already spent $18 billion between their divisions on acquisitions. That's how they bought Bungie. Sony can't just magically pull billions more out of their pocket. Their wallet isn't that deep.

Square Enix also already made it next to impossible to be bought out by selling shares in individual teams to multiple investors. No one is buying them.


That's their worth as a whole. That's not the money they actually have to spend. Capcom is worth $6B, but you always pay more to acquire. It would likely take $7.5B to $8.5B. That's not happening.

Lexreborn2518d ago

Sony is worth 106 billion, capcom and square are both respectfully worth 6 billion a piece. They could afford to buy them out.

tay8701518d ago

@porkchop. No they have spent 18 billion, they have spent 8 billion. They still have 10 billion alloted for aquisitions that hasn't been spent yet

Lexreborn2517d ago

Considering deals are brokered with options you don’t always have to spend the exact 7.5 or 8.5 billion nor do you have to do it in one sitting.

If capcom and Square wanted it enough they could easily settle for 5 with options. Sony has 10-15 billion to spend on acquisitions so yeah… they still very well could buy both.

They could as much buy 1 then the other after while the ink dries. Are you guys really thinking they don’t have ways to budget acquisitions year over year to stay in profit? I forget you guys are running multi billion dollar corporations on the side and just get how contracts and agreements fluctuate and work. I’ll stay in my lane

Lifexline518d ago

Why do people think Sony has money like that to buy huge publishers like that. They might buy square Enix but no one cares about square Enix they are a shell of their former self’s.

Capcom would be huge though but I would be surprised if they actually sell thems lives they are one of the few multi platform publishers that does really well but if Sony can get them that would be huge for them I just don’t see capcom selling they are doing too well for that.

MadLad517d ago

Square is not looking to sell to Sony. Sony no longer cares about the Japanese market, and they have already lost the chance to grab Deus Ex, Tomb Raider, Hitman, etc;

Square makes more than enough with FF14 alone. They're going to downsize, if anything, and concentrate on their main titles. The release of a new Dragon Quest game is basically a holiday in Japan. That's far from who they cater to anymore. Nintendo beat them out.

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XiNatsuDragnel518d ago

If this does through bad time In gaming imo

Jin_Sakai518d ago (Edited 518d ago )

CoD won’t remain king forever. Fortnite and Apex Legends put a dent in the franchise. It’s only a matter of time before the next big thing comes out. Let’s just hope it’s not from Activision.

porkChop518d ago

I mean if you think about the last 25 years in gaming it was Tony Hawk, then Guitar Hero, and then COD. All 3 from Activision. Though I doubt they'd be able to do it again. They've basically built an empire solely around COD. To restart and do that all over again for something new? I don't see that happening.

blackblades517d ago

Maybe but it is still selling and being on top of the charts. Thinking about it kids these days are on are apex and fortnite but still play CoD just little. I would say the younger player probably would push CoD out but on the other hand I still dont think it will disappear like how sport will never disappear.

Orchard517d ago

In what world have Fortnite and Apex put a dent in COD?

Let’s see here, MW2:

- top selling game of 2022
- best selling COD game
- #1 played game on PSN and Xbox Live
- Biggest launch ever in PlayStation Store

It’s bigger than ever.