The well-known Wedbush Securities analyst Michael Pachter made an appearance on Yahoo Finance Live last week to discuss all things Activision Blizzard, and he made some interesting predictions about what to expect from the deal.
Perhaps most notably, Pachter claimed that Xbox Game Pass will jump from 25 million subscribers to 100 million subscribers in the future, driven by the acquisition and the focus on Xbox Cloud Gaming. Here's what he had to say:
"...they bought Bethesda, which is a giant studio, and now they're buying Activision. When they're done, they are the fourth major game publisher in the US. So they're going to be giant, and they're going to be in a position to actually support their subscription.
Their future vision is, let's eliminate the console. Let's use the cloud, and let's deliver games to any screen that you have. And that potential market is 3 and 1/2 billion people. So I don't think they'll get that many subscribers, but will they go from 25 million to 100 million? Yes."
Pachter also suggested during the discussion that believes there's a good chance the Activision Blizzard deal could be finalised by the end of the year, depending on whether the FTC decides to try and challenge the deal.
Some positive thoughts from Pachter, then, and here's hoping they come to fruition! Game Pass will surely continue to grow in substantial numbers moving forward, and the Activision Blizzard deal should provide a very welcome boost.
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