Activision Blizzard employees have been reacting online to Microsoft announcing that it’s buying the Call of Duty publisher for $68.7 billion.
Public reactions from current staff at Activision Blizzard have been broadly positive so far, with content producer Devon Newbury saying: “I’ve always dreamt of working at Xbox, and now my dream is coming true.”
I didn’t expect to wake up this morning and find out my new boss was @XboxP3. I’ve always dreamt of working at Xbox, and now my dream is coming true. LET’S GOOOO!! https://t.co/8HsHAZIYfsJanuary 18, 2022
That sentiment has been mirrored by Product Lead/Senior Producer, Esports/Partnerships on Call of Duty: Mobile @BlakeEsports, who uses a Fast & Furious gif to sum up his feelings.
Me, reading the news after purchasing @StateOfDecay for the 4th time and putting in hundreds of hours. pic.twitter.com/Bns0fJsFyXJanuary 18, 2022
Treyarch studio design director said what most people probably would if they found out they were about to become a Microsoft employee.
… maybe now I finally get my hands on an Xbox Series X.January 18, 2022
Interestingly, Mike Ybarra, who was once a corporate vice president at Microsoft before leaving in 2019 to join Activision Blizzard, kept things nice and a simple with an emoji.
The Microsoft Activision purchase was announced just earlier today, with the Xbox giant acquiring the Call of Duty, Overwatch, and World of Warcraft publisher for an astonishing $68.7 billion. For context, that is a larger sum of money than the entire GDP of Croatia.
While the two companies will still be run independently until the deal closes in 2023, Microsoft has already stated that: “Activision Blizzard games are enjoyed on a variety of platforms and we plan to continue to support those communities moving forward”, but that doesn’t mean we know yet if Call of Duty, Overwatch 2, and more might end up being Xbox exclusives.
The Call of Duty publisher has been in the spotlight in recent months due to the Activision Blizzard lawsuit, which you can find out more on the link.