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Activision Blizzard’s new “Black Ops Cold War” will make the traditional launch window—and bump up the price.


The Fallout of the Activision Layoffs Will Last a While

WIRED

To celebrate, Replay has … some incredibly grim stories in the games sphere, sorry to say. Activision Blizzard's huge layoffs and instability in the indie gaming market aren't what anyone wants to hear about, but it's what we've got. Let's dive into this week in games. Monday was a dark day in the industry as Activision Blizzard, one of the biggest companies in the business, began the process of laying off roughly 8 percent of its staff--according to Kotaku, almost 800 people. The move comes amidst a failure to meet expectations for the 2018 fiscal year, though, notably, the company still achieved record profits, according to CEO Bobby Kotick.


Microsoft's biggest acquisition yet: Game developer Activision Blizzard for $68.7 billion

ZDNet

Microsoft is buying Activision Blizzard Inc., a game development and interactive-entertainment content publisher, for $68.7 billion. Activision Blizzard makes games including Call of Duty, Candy Crush, Warcraft, Diablo, Overwatch, and Hearthstone. Microsoft will get Activision Blizzard's nearly 10,000 employees as part of the deal, which was announced on January 18. Microsoft officials are accelerating the growth in the company's gaming business across mobile, PC, console, and cloud, and say it "will provide building blocks for the metaverse." Microsoft also will get global eSports properties via Major League Gaming as part of the transaction. The $68.7 billion deal makes the Activision Blizzard acquisition the largest in Microsoft's history.


Activision Blizzard Employees Walk Out Over Sexism Complaints

WIRED

Employees at the gaming giant Activision Blizzard staged a walkout today, capping off a week of escalating tension over how executives have handled accusations of discrimination and sexual harassment at the 10,000-person company. Outside Activision Blizzard's office in Irvine, California Wednesday morning, employees held signs with messages like "Believe Women," "Commit To Equality," "nerf male privilege" and "Fight bad guys in game / Fight bad guys IRL." Cars drove by honking their horns. Online, the hashtag #ActiBlizzWalkout was trending as fans of titles like World of Warcraft and Overwatch expressed overwhelming support, including pledges to boycott games for the day in solidarity. Over 200 people attended the walkout event, based on photos posted on the internet. An unknown number of other employees participated in the work stoppage remotely.


Bungie will self-publish 'Destiny' in split with Activision

Engadget

Bungie is about to take greater control of Destiny's... well, destiny. The studio has reached a deal with Activision that will hand over the publishing rights to the shared-world shooter franchise. According to the company, it's "ready" to publish on its own after getting Activision's help over the past eight years. The handover is still in the "early stages," Bungie said, but the aim is to make it "as seamless as possible." There shouldn't be any major changes to the game in the near term.