Yet again Microsoft have proven just how rich they really are. Labelled as the biggest deal in gaming history, Microsoft plan to buy game company Activision Blizzard for $68.7billion (£50.57 billion). Just a year since they brought Bethesda for $7.5 billion with hit games such as Skyrim, Fallout and Doom.

This would mean Microsoft will have power over titles such as Call of Duty, Warcraft and Overwatch. Activision Blizzard themselves have around 400,000,000 active players a month in over 190 countries around the world. However, that is nothing in comparison to Microsoft’s rival company Sony, who’s newest console: the PlayStation 5 is rapidly outselling the latest Microsoft console.

The CEO OF Microsoft claim that they are pushing for “a new era of gaming” that favours the players making gaming “safe, inclusive and accessible to all”. As well as this they are also sticking to the gaming subscription they already had to offer, for example their Xbox Game Pass and PC Game Pass.

These are all seemingly obvious ways for Microsoft to catch up with Sony’s huge success. Many argue this is due to Sony’s many exclusive game titles that aren’t available on a wide variety of devices such as its Spider-man franchise or the last of us series.

However, it is unknown whether game titles from Activison Blizzard that are (for now) available on both Xbox and PlayStation, will become exclusive to only Microsoft consoles in the foreseeable future.

Yet there has been news recently of a Bethesda game: Starfield being made exclusively only for Microsoft consoles, which could imply that Activison Blizzard might follow in this direction once it moves to Microsoft.

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