Microsoft is proposing to buy Activision Blizzard for close to $70 billion, making it the largest gaming acquisition in history, and news is spreading fast throughout the industry. Seamus Blackley, the designer of the original Xbox, has decided to voice his thoughts on this buyout.
On his Twitter account, Blackely said, “I strongly believe in [Phil Spencer] as a leader and an executive.” He went on further, praising the decision for it being “very insightful,” as well as how much of “a huge win for Xbox” this acquisition was.
Blackely also mentioned how the news “sickened” him, due to its connection to the ongoing problems with Activision Blizzard’s workplace culture. Those who spent year perpetuating these “despicable practices” at the company are now sitting ready to grab a rather large payout, Blackely said.
Despite this, he obviously believes this is still a positive move forward. “There are daunting challenges in all large acquisitions I just see the issues of developer culture as being paramount here, before all else,” he said.
Blackley went on to share a story of when he went to Activision to pitch the original Xbox, only to be “essentially mocked,” and how “weird” it is to see “little baby Xbox eat up Activision.”
I strongly believe in @XboxP3 as a leader and an executive. I think this is a very insightful move and could represent a huge win for Xbox. There are daunting challenges in all large acquisitions I just see the issues of developer culture as being paramount here, before all else.— Seamus Blackley (@SeamusBlackley) January 18, 2022
If Microsoft’s bid for Activision Blizzard is approved, it appears that Bobby Kotick may be leaving the company once the deal is finalized, but he’ll stay CEO until then.