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Activision Sued by Pro Gamers for ‘Call of Duty’ Monopoly

February 16, 2024 @ 3:36 PM A trio of professional gamers sued video game developer Activision Friday for its “unlawful 100% monopoly” on “Call of Duty” leagues and tournaments, a competitive gaming space they said was a “lucrative and once-vibrant market.” Filed in the central district of California, western division court on Friday by plaintiffs Hector Rodriguez, Seth Abner and Hecz, the lawsuit accuses Activision of practicing “myriad anticompetitive actions.” “Activision has used that unlawful…

Every important detail from Xbox’s big business update

Microsoft / . Microsoft just released the latest episode of the Official Xbox Podcast, and it contained lots of crucial details on the future of Xbox. Microsoft addressed everything from how many games it will make multiplatform to the arrival of Activision Blizzard games on Xbox Game Pass to future Xbox hardware. If you don’t want to listen to the full 23-minute podcast and want more details than what’s shared in the Xbox Wire post about the discussion, here’s a quick rundown of the biggest points made during the…

Microsoft Announces 4 Xbox Exclusives for PS5 and Nintendo Switch, Activision Blizzard Titles on Game Pass

Four Microsoft first-party games will launch on Sony's PlayStation 5 and the Nintendo Switch, the company confirmed late Thursday after weeks of speculation over its exclusive titles releasing on rival platforms. The announcement came on the Official Xbox Podcast from Microsoft Gaming CEO Phil Spencer, who also shed further light on the reasons behind Xbox's business decision and confirmed that the next generation of Xbox consoles were in development. Microsoft has not yet revealed the four Xbox exclusives coming to PS5…

Activision Blizzard games are coming to Game Pass, starting with Diablo 4

After finally securing its acquisition of Activision Blizzard, Microsoft is now bringing the company’s games under the Game Pass umbrella. Activision Blizzard titles will be heading to the Xbox Game Pass service, starting with Diablo IV this March. Xbox president Sarah Bond announced the news in an official Xbox podcast today, with Diablo IV leading the charge on March 28, 2024. “It’s all part of our commitment to make Xbox, the Xbox experience, and the games that we build, as widely available as possible, so now the 34M…

Here’s Everything Microsoft Announced About Xbox Today

This story originally appeared on Kotaku.After weeks of reports, rumors, and speculation around Xbox first-party games coming to competing platforms and potentially even making an exit from the console market entirely, Xbox publicly addressed the elephant in the room in an episode of the Official Xbox Podcast. The show featured Microsoft Gaming CEO Phil Spencer, Xbox President Sarah Bond, and Head of Xbox Studios Matt Booty. If you haven’t listened to the special edition of the Official Xbox Podcast, you can do so through…

Diablo IV will be the first Activision Blizzard title on Xbox Game Pass

The first Activision Blizzard game to join Xbox Game Pass will be Diablo IV, and it's due to land on March 28. The move means Diablo IV will be playable on Xbox and PC at no extra charge to Game Pass members — of which there are 34 million, Xbox announced today.This is just the first step in Xbox's broader plan to offer Activision Blizzard titles in its monthly subscription service, now that Microsoft fully owns the studio."There will be even more to play as we begin to fulfill our commitment to offer Activision and…

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella the most successful tech CEO after Apple’s Steve Jobs?

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has been in the news virtually throughout the whole of the last year and 2024 has started with a bang too. This is courtesy of the major strides the company has taken in the field of artificial intelligence (AI) where its big bet on Sam Altman-led OpenAI has meant that Microsoft is virtually leading the race against rival tech titans with Google, Meta Platforms, and Amazon playing catch up. And the biggest rival of them all, Apple, is yet to start the race. With AI set to transform the world…

Microsoft’s gaming layoffs include 86 jobs at Skylanders studio Toys for Bob

Microsoft’s post-acquisition layoffs at Activision Blizzard have already caught the FTC’s eye. Now we know more about which subsidiary studios will take the hit. First reported by the San Francisco Chronicle (via Eurogamer), California WARN notices list 86 upcoming scheduled layoffs at Skylanders maker Toys for Bob and 76 cuts at Call of Duty: Vanguard developer Sledgehammer Games.California requires companies to notify the state of upcoming layoffs, thanks to a 1988 law mandating 60 days’ notice about staffing cuts (if…

Sony Jacks Up Prices for Crunchyroll and Kills Funimation

Sony just raised the price of anime and left American otakus with few other options. The company’s anime streamer, Funimation, is officially shutting down on April 2, according to a press release on Wednesday. Crunchyroll, Sony’s other anime service it acquired in 2021, sent an email to subscribers that prices will soon be raised from $55 a year to $100 a year.“You don’t have to leave your Funimation Watch History and Funimation Queue behind, you can migrate them to Crunchyroll,” said Sony in an email to Funimation…

Feds Say Activision Layoffs Violate Promises Microsoft Made in Merger Deal

Image: Jaap Arriens (Getty Images)The Federal Trade Commission isn’t happy with the outcome of Microsoft’s $68.7 billion acquisition of Activision Blizzard, telling a court on Wednesday that Microsoft’s recent layoffs contradict promises it made to get the merger approved. Warning! Microsoft Wants ChatGPT to Control Robots NextIn a letter to the clerk of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, the FTC criticized Microsoft for the layoff of 1,900 workers in January, which represented about 8% of its gaming division. The