Following Microsoft's recent acquisition of Activision Blizzard, Phil Spencer and team Xbox have been busy doing studio tours all around the world.
The latest visit was Blizzard's headquarters in Irvine, California and while Xbox's leadership team hasn't formally shared what exactly went on at the event, Windows Central has been informed by "sources familiar with the commentary" that the trip was a "relatively low-key affair".
Spencer himself apparently had no "answers" just yet, with the early phase of the acquisition more focused on Xbox listening to the desires and needs of staffers at Blizzard. There were also plenty of photo opportunities:
Microsoft reportedly strives to be a "source of trust" for Blizzard, and wants to enable the creator of franchises such as Warcraft and Starcraft to "achieve its visions and dreams". This is similar to Xbox's approach with other studios it's acquired in the past, where it aims to empower developers.
It's also been noted how Activision branding was "decoupled" from Blizzard during the event, with an image shared by Blizzard president Mike Ybarra simply showing the Xbox and Blizzard branding on display. It's already led to speculation about Blizzard potentially regaining some of its independence from Activision.
Although Activision wasn't as involved, Activision's EVP for Corporate Affairs Lulu Cheng Meservey was in attendance. She even shared some photos of herself alongside Xbox's CVP Sarah Bond and Phil Spencer. According to Windows Central, the teams exchanged stories about the Blizzard games they had played.
Spencer hasn't made any public comment about the visit to Blizzard just yet, but over the past week he's also been busy getting to know King, the company behind Candy Crush. If there are any significant updates, we'll let you know.