There's been a lot of talk about Xbox Game Pass this week, with Sony's Jim Ryan suggesting publishers don't like the service (due to it being "value destructive"), and other publishers coming out publicly and expressing their praise for it.
Someone who isn't so keen on Game Pass, having made it perfectly clear in the past, is Activision CEO Bobby Kotick. As part of the FTC hearing this week, Kotick admitted that he'd have to "agree to disagree" with Microsoft if the acquisition goes through. Here's a bit of what he had to say:
"I have a general aversion to the idea of multi game subscription services. Maybe part of it is being in Los Angeles and having large, big media companies move their content to these subscription streaming services and the business results have suffered."
"I don’t agree with the idea of a multi-game subscription service as a business proposition going forwards, but we [Activision and Microsoft] can agree to disagree."
We've never seen an Activision game on Xbox Game Pass to date, so these comments come as no surprise, although Microsoft is still clearly very interested in bringing a large batch of ActiBlizz titles to Game Pass in the future.
We're expecting to see the likes of Call of Duty, Diablo, Crash Bandicoot, Tony Hawk and many other franchises make their way to Xbox Game Pass — potentially before the end of the year — but it all depends on the outcome of this takeover. If it doesn't go through, the chances of any of those franchises joining Game Pass appear to be very low.