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Microsoft’s Activision Blizzard buyout likely nixes CEO Bobby Kotick

Microsoft’s Activision Blizzard buyout likely nixes CEO Bobby Kotick

Yesterday, Microsoft dropped a whopper of an announcement, revealing that it's paying nearly $70 billion to acquire Activision Blizzard. The acquisition comes at a controversial time for Activision Blizzard, as it finds itself in the middle of a sexual harassment and abuse scandal that has resulted in several high-profile departures. Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick has resisted calls for his resignation or firing throughout this scandal, which begs the question: Now that Microsoft is taking over, what happens to him?

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Fortnite v19.10 update brings back Tilted Towers, introduces giant Klombos

Fortnite v19.10 update brings back Tilted Towers, introduces giant Klombos

Fortnite was updated to version 19.10 today, and it seems this patch is a big one. Not only does this update add giant, scaleable beasts called Klombos to the game, but we're also seeing the return of a fan-favorite point-of-interest with Tilted Towers. Yes, it seems the rumors were true and Tilted Towers is returning, so get ready for that to be a popular drop location once more.

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Microsoft acquires Activision Blizzard in eye-watering $70b deal

Microsoft acquires Activision Blizzard in eye-watering $70b deal

Those of us who thought Microsoft was done with big money gaming purchases after its $7.5 billion acquisition of ZeniMax Media last year were sorely mistaken, it seems. Today, Microsoft announced its intention to buy Activision Blizzard for a staggering $68.7 billion. With this acquisition, a lot of popular game franchises will come under the ownership of Microsoft, including Call of Duty, World of Warcraft, and even Candy Crush.

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Final Fantasy XIV Online sales finally resume this month

Final Fantasy XIV Online sales finally resume this month

Back in December, Final Fantasy XIV Online's latest expansion, Endwalker, was released. In the hours, days, and weeks following that launch, Final Fantasy XIV's servers were crushed by a flood of players trying to log in and play. With many players facing hours-long queues to even just get into the game, Square Enix made a wild decision: it temporarily paused Final Fantasy XIV sales to prevent even more new players from further crippling the servers. Fast forward about a month later, and we finally have a date for when Final Fantasy XIV sales will open up again.

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Humble Bundle subscription drops Linux and Mac support

Humble Bundle subscription drops Linux and Mac support

Humble Choice subscribers on Mac or Linux were given some bad news today, as we learned that Humble Trove will soon drop support for those two operating systems. This is something of a shock because Humble has made a point of supporting Mac and Linux games since it launched more than a decade ago. Soon, that functionality will be a thing of the past (at least as far as Humble Trove is concerned) thanks to Humble's new PC app, which happens to be Windows-only.

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GameStop PS5 restock incoming: What to know

GameStop PS5 restock incoming: What to know

Those trying to get a PlayStation 5 will have another chance this week. GameStop has announced that it will soon be restocking the PlayStation 5, but like the last few restocks at this retailer, buying one will require more than simply refreshing a website and hoping to get lucky. Indeed, this is another in-store restock, with many locations getting fresh PS5 shipments this week.

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New Pokemon Legends: Arceus trailer serves up a gameplay deep dive

New Pokemon Legends: Arceus trailer serves up a gameplay deep dive

Pokemon Legends: Arceus is launching for Nintendo Switch in a couple of weeks, and it's safe to say that it's going to shake up the Pokemon formula in a fairly significant way. While the central premise will still revolve around encountering and catching Pokemon to fill out your Pokedex, the way you'll go about that in Pokemon Legends: Arceus is a lot different from previous games in the series. Today, Nintendo and Game Freak published a lengthy gameplay preview video for Pokemon Legends: Arceus that takes us through some of the core gameplay concepts.

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Xbox One production quietly ended a long time ago

Xbox One production quietly ended a long time ago

Yesterday, we learned that Sony is continuing PS4 production through 2022. It's a different situation over at Xbox HQ, as Microsoft has already stopped production on all Xbox One consoles. This isn't a new thing, either, as Microsoft has revealed that it stopped production on the final Xbox One model at the end of 2020.

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STALKER 2: Heart of Chernobyl delay is a big one

STALKER 2: Heart of Chernobyl delay is a big one

If you're looking forward to STALKER 2: Heart of Chernobyl, then we've unfortunately got some disappointing news to share. STALKER 2 has been delayed, and it isn't a minor one either. While Heart of Chernobyl will still be released this year, it'll only barely make it, as the game has been pushed back to December.

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PUBG: Battlegrounds goes free to play: The big changes explained

PUBG: Battlegrounds goes free to play: The big changes explained

In December 2021 during The Game Awards, it was revealed that tactical battle royale game PUBG: Battleground would switch to a free-to-play business model on January 12, 2021. That day has finally arrived and now anyone can download the game for free, jumping straight into the action on their favorite supported game console, PC, and Google Stadia.

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The PlayStation 4 got an unexpected reprieve

The PlayStation 4 got an unexpected reprieve

It's not exactly a secret that the PlayStation 5 is a hard-to-find console and has been since the day it launched. With no sign that the console shortage is going to get better in the near future, Sony has apparently decided to continue on with PS4 production longer than it originally anticipated. This serves a few different purposes, but the most important one is keeping players in the PlayStation ecosystem as we wait for PS5 stock levels to normalize.

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God of War PC impressions: A masterpiece for a new audience

God of War PC impressions: A masterpiece for a new audience

When Sony started announcing PC ports of some of its first-party exclusive games, I wasn't surprised to see titles like Horizon Zero Dawn and Days Gone make the jump. Both are relatively new franchises, after all, and while there's a lot of excitement for Horizon Forbidden West, I'm not so sure we can call Horizon one of Sony's heavy hitters yet. By contrast, I was floored when Sony revealed that God of War would also be making the jump to PC. That was a game that I never expected to see anywhere other than PlayStation consoles, but here we are, just a couple of days out from its release on Steam, the Epic Games Store, Humble, and more.

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