Microsoft has bought many, many studios over the past few years, and they’re gearing up for their biggest deal yet by buying Activision Blizzard, a deal that’s expected to close in the summer of 2023. But as they’ve said before, this isn’t the end by any means.
In an interview with CNBC says Xbox boss Phil Spencer that we’ll see more studio acquisitions in the future:
“This is such a competitive market, I don’t think we get to press pause on anything. Tencent is the largest gaming company on the planet today and they continue to heavily invest in gaming content and game creators. Sony is a larger business than we are in gaming today and they continue to invest. When you look at the investments that we’ve made, it’s a highly, highly competitive market. We strive to be a major player here. We want to deliver great content for our players and we’re going to remain active, whether that’s investing in our internal teams that are already building great games that people know and love, whether it’s building new partnerships. And if it turns into acquisitive M&A work, we’re active there too. So , the work for us never ends. It’s a competitive market and I want to make sure Xbox is at the forefront of innovation and competition.”
The Xbox team has spoken several times in the past that they would like more Japanese representation, which may give a clue as to what we can expect going forward.