Xbox E3 2021

Xbox made huge waves earlier this year when it announced its intentions to acquire Activision Blizzard for a frankly ridiculous $70 billion. However, that doesn't seem to have stopped the company from looking at other potential takeover targets.

A new job listing went live a few days ago (spotted by VGC) that spells out just what Xbox is still looking to achieve. The role, 'Manager of Gaming Strategy & Development', is all about growing Xbox through acquisitions, and the vacancy even mentions Xbox's prior deals regarding Bethesda (ZeniMax), Double Fine and of course, Activision Blizzard.

The Gaming Strategy & Development team serves as the corporate strategy function for Team Xbox. We partner closely with the Gaming Leadership Team to identify and evaluate transformative growth opportunities. Our charter includes helping to answer Microsoft Gaming’s most challenging business questions, leading Gaming’s M&A program (e.g., Activision Blizzard, ZeniMax, Double Fine, etc.), and identifying and understanding key industry dynamics.

While this isn't news as such — Phil Spencer recently said Xbox is still looking at acquisitions — that was a more vague interview comment and didn't really provide any concrete details. This job listing is real evidence that Microsoft is still growing internally, in order to be able to scout and acquire even more external studios.

We're left wondering who Xbox may be looking at next. There's been a lot of chatter about Ubisoft and a potential takeover there recently, although there've been no substantiated links with Microsoft as of yet. Could that one be on the cards? It seems unlikely while the huge Activision Blizzard deal is underway, but you just never know.

Do you see Xbox scooping up another huge gaming company? Or will it be something smaller in future? Let us know in the comments.

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