Phil Spencer interviews have been somewhat elusive in 2022 compared to recent years, but we've just received a new one courtesy of Bloomberg, where the Xbox boss had some interesting thoughts to share on various topics.
In regards to Activision Blizzard, Spencer enthused that he "feels good" about the progress being made on the acquisition by Microsoft, citing "positive discussions". However, he also mentioned that he's "supportive" of people who are "asking good, hard questions" about Microsoft's intent when it comes to ActiBlizz moving forward.
“I've never done a 70 billion-dollar deal, so I don't know what my confidence means. I will say the discussions we've been having seem positive.”
Spencer also went on to acknowledge that some Activision employees have formed a union, stating that Microsoft recognises the need for workers to feel safe and heard, and be compensated fairly in order to produce great work.
We could theoretically still be looking at mid-2023 for the Activision Blizzard deal to finally close, but it might also be as soon as this year... it's hard to tell right now. The most recent development came earlier this week, when the acquisition was approved by anti-competition authorities in Saudi Arabia, bringing us another step closer to the finish line.
What do you make of Phil Spencer's comments here? Let us know down below.
Not sure why there's any doubt about the deal going through or not. Is there anything other than Sony being nervous and lobbying against it that would suggest anything but a green light?
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