The news that Xbox is in the process of buying out Activision, adding their development teams to its portfolio, is absolutely massive. So big, that it looks like things are changing for gaming at Microsoft.
Tucked into the purchase announcement post, is a look at the new gaming structure at Microsoft for when the deal goes through. Basically, Phil Spencer's title looks to be changing (or at least evolving) from Head of Xbox, to CEO, Microsoft Gaming. Here's what Spencer said in the post:
"Until this transaction closes, Activision Blizzard and Microsoft Gaming will continue to operate independently. Once the deal is complete, the Activision Blizzard business will report to me as CEO, Microsoft Gaming."
Now, we've not seen that title attached to Phil Spencer before, so it looks like the Activision deal will create a new gaming structure at Microsoft. Spencer's job will likely be similar, he'll just have a few more teams to manage.
That leaves a huge question mark over Bobby Kotick's future at Activision. The current Activision CEO is in hot water for leading the company through several harassment accusations. For now, Kotick remains, but many are already questioning how long for, considering the vague wording surrounding the deal.
"Bobby Kotick will continue to serve as CEO of Activision Blizzard, and he and his team will maintain their focus on driving efforts to further strengthen the company’s culture and accelerate business growth [...] Once the deal closes, the Activision Blizzard business will report to Phil Spencer, CEO, Microsoft Gaming."
As long as Phil Spencer remains in charge at Xbox, we're hopeful that things are in good hands.
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