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Why Microsoft’s Activision Blizzard acquisition is such a big deal

Why Microsoft’s Activision Blizzard acquisition is such a big deal

It's been a big Tuesday for the game industry. This morning, Microsoft announced that it has entered a deal to purchase Activision Blizzard, the largest third-party games publisher in the world. Microsoft is paying nearly $70 billion for Activision Blizzard, making the $7.5 billion it paid for ZeniMax Media and its subsidiaries a year ago look like a paltry sum.

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Oculus Quest v37 update adds unexpected Apple support

Oculus Quest v37 update adds unexpected Apple support

The latest Oculus software update for the Quest 2 headset has arrived and it brings several additions to the virtual reality headset. Chief among these additions is official support for the Apple Magic Keyboard. Oculus originally added support for some keyboards back in update v28. Now, though, update v37 will bring support for the Apple Magic Keyboard to the VR environment.

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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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Halo Infinite Cyber Showdown event adds a new game mode

Halo Infinite Cyber Showdown event adds a new game mode

The Halo franchise celebrated its 20th anniversary by launching Halo Infinite, the sixth installment to the series, in December 2021. That makes Halo not only one of the longest-running titles but also one that frequently gets new updates and new modes. Last week, Halo's current developer 343 Industries shared a teaser on Twitter, showing glimpses of a new event, and this week it is going live.

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Xbox Game Pass late January 2022 additions include some major hits

Xbox Game Pass late January 2022 additions include some major hits

The first month of 2022 is nearing its end, but that hasn't stopped big announcements from rolling in. Microsoft has just revealed a list of new games coming to its Xbox Game Pass platform, including a couple that went live on January 18 and several more that'll follow in the coming days. Though not all of the additions are major, there are enough hits to make things exciting.

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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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10 features we want to see in Nintendo Switch 2

10 features we want to see in Nintendo Switch 2

Nearly five years on, it's safe to say the Nintendo Switch is a success. According to Nintendo sales data, the Switch has come dangerously close to selling 100 million units worldwide, with almost 700 million software units sold to boot. Not only will the Switch soon take its place in the 100-million-sellers club -- a club few home consoles have joined -- but it has the potential to become one of the best-selling game platforms of all time. 

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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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After delayed launch, Valve’s Steam Deck gets a February shipping window

After delayed launch, Valve’s Steam Deck gets a February shipping window

Valve's Steam Deck created a lot of excitement among many gamers when the legendary gaming company revealed the handheld console back in July. With launch scheduled for late 2021, hopes of an on-time launch were dashed when Valve announced the console would be delayed. This week Valve announced that the console will ship this February (in the year 2022), but hasn't gone on to specify the day this launch will commence.

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Fortnite on iPhone is back thanks to NVIDIA GeForce NOW

Fortnite on iPhone is back thanks to NVIDIA GeForce NOW

Although Epic Games has long bemoaned the state of affairs on app stores, particularly the Apple App Store, it was Fortnite's banishment from iOS that became the metaphorical straw that broke the camel's back. This event gave rise to a number of lawsuits not just in the US but also around the world, challenging the legality of Apple's App Store practices. The battle is far from over despite existing judgments, and Fortnite remains officially absent from iOS. Amid all of this, NVIDIA's GeForce NOW streaming platform will bring the battle royale game back to the iPhone and iPad in an indirect way.

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