htxt.africast – Is Microsoft’s Activision Blizzard acquisition a done deal?

Despite continued bouts of Stage 6 loadshedding, the africast is back this week to discuss the ongoing saga regarding Microsoft’s desire to acquire Activision Blizzard. A handful of countries have okay’d the deal, and this week South Africa’s own Competition Commission gave the green light on it too.

Before we discuss the potential implications of the deal for the gaming industry, we tackle the other big news stories for the week, as well as what we covered on the site.

We start with a Twitter clone from one of its creators, Jack Dorsey, in the form of Bluesky. The platform is billed as being open source, while also looking to lean on a developer community to create the algorithms that govern the user experience.

Next up is a review, having spent a week with the 2022 Jaguar I-PACE. This luxury all-electric SUV was really impressive, with a price tag to match, but as is the case with most EVs, your are not simply buying a car. As such, it requires a particular type of lifestyle.

The last piece of news looks at a preview of MotoGP 23 that we received access to, offering up the opportunity to test out the new Neural AI system that will form a part of this upcoming racing simulator. While still an early build, it is a title that has piqued our interest with this preview.

As for the meat and potatoes of this africast, we are discussing the Competition Commission’s decision to approve Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard. While regulators in key territories like the US and UK are yet to cast their decisions on the matter, it does look like it is gathering enough momentum to be pushed through.

Whether it will ultimately be a good thing for the gaming industry, however, is very much up for debate, as opinion is split on the africast.



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