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Traditional Console + Everything Exclusive 18 40.00%
 
Xbox/PC Hybrid + Access t... 27 60.00%
 
Total:45

Playing Ni No Noble II. Hate cheevos where you have to amass X amount of money in one sitting..

Still better than glitched ones I guess.

Enjoying this one a lot more a second time around though... Xbox effect?



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EpicRandy said:
Ryuu96 said:

Publisher...Unless it's a defensive move.

I don't see MS going for another publisher for a very long time. $70B is a one of a kind aquisition for MS to date so I think they would want to get some data on the impact of the move over a sufficient large timeframe and see wether it meet expectation first. Then they would likely analyze whether another aquisition of a similar size can be expected to produce less of, a repetition of or more of an impact.

The most important metric on which they would measure this is probably in Gamepass sub counts, MAU and time spent by those subs in ABK content. And since CoD may well be kept out of gamepass for some years due to those marketing deal witch, correct me if I'm wrong, should end at the end of 2025, getting data on the impact might be an exercice in patience.

Also I think they might have some significant diminishing returns aquiring another publisher. They should already have like 50 studios by that point able to produce like 8-9 AAA/ years on a 6 years cycle not counting 2nd party initiatives. At some point there's not much increasing this will do to increase the appeal of GamePass. 

Agreed. I was thinking along the lines of Paradox or Sega but I can't see Microsoft actively pursuing them for at least a couple of years but when I say publishers, I'm talking about the very low end in size, I can't see Microsoft going for anything larger than those two and I think Paradox would easily pass regulators.

Also agree that Microsoft will have to get some data on this acquisition first, I don't exactly think they need anything more if all goes to plan. Xbox Game Studios + Zenimax should cover Xbox console but we've yet to see the data for Zenimax or XGS, Blizzard should provide a strong push into PC and King should provide a strong push into Mobile. All should give a strong push to Game Pass.

Phil is going to be extremely busy with ABK in the near future, Lol. There is a lot of work to be done and Phil unlike with Zenimax needs to be very hands on given ABK's recent history and how important they are. Imo I would split Activision from Blizzard and I would shutter the ABK holding company entirely, Activision & Blizzard leaders should report to Xbox leadership directly and Microsoft needs to ram its culture down ABK's throat.

I think PC Game Pass is obviously their weak area, it definitely isn't as big as Xbox Game Pass so I think that is where Paradox may come in, if Activision-Blizzard doesn't push PC Game Pass to a satisfactory level they may feel the need to acquire more PC orientated developers. Though Imo, the solution is fairly simple to push Game Pass on PC and that is to get it on Steam. Sega also has a strong PC side.

Another thing is that the PC ceiling for Game Pass should theoretically be much larger than the Xbox ceiling if people actually wanted to use Windows Store, Lol. There's like 100m+ MAU on Steam alone, that is larger than any singular Xbox console has ever had. Xbox needs to tap into that which is also another reason why they may acquire more PC orientated companies.

Agreed on CoD too, they can't judge it until one actually launches into Game Pass and that can't happen until Sony's deal is over.

Zippy6 said:

They really needed to plug up the gamepass exploits so that's a start. If they do add Activision and Blizzard titles to gamepass they need subscription revenue to increase dramatically for it to be worthwhile and the ways to pay next to nothing need to be patched.

Been subbed since FH4 launch and I think my total payments are under £150 for those 4.5 years. Didn't create any alt accounts for the $1 exploit, just upgraded 3 years of gold, ms reward points, auto renew bonus months, Spotify free month etc etc.

It was more intentional than an exploit, Microsoft didn't care about it and actively promoted it, in the start it's all about getting a large amount of subscribers by offering extremely cheap deals and locking them into the ecosystem to then take their full price money years later.

I'm assuming it has been removed because they believe they have enough subscribers now, Phil already said before that Game Pass is profitable, I also think Family Plan is coming very soon and of course Activision-Blizzard titles being added as well.

Last edited by Ryuu96 - on 27 March 2023

It’s kind of crazy how fast the conversation changed from “will this deal pass” to acquisition strategy for Sony and Microsoft



https://seekingalpha.com/news/3951281-microsofts-chances-of-closing-activision-deal-raised-to-70-from-50-at-citi

Citi bank raises odds of deal succeeding to 70%, from 50%.

Also another Idas post this morning about FTC strategy, pretty informative. The FTC is more or less trying to use stalling tactics as a means to dissuade mergers.

https://www.law360.com/mergersacquisitions/articles/1589652?

The source



aTokenYeti said:

https://seekingalpha.com/news/3951281-microsofts-chances-of-closing-activision-deal-raised-to-70-from-50-at-citi

Citi bank raises odds of deal succeeding to 70%, from 50%.

Also another Idas post this morning about FTC strategy, pretty informative. The FTC is more or less trying to use stalling tactics as a means to dissuade mergers.

https://www.law360.com/mergersacquisitions/articles/1589652?

The source

Yup.

The FTC can take Microsoft to federal court whenever they want, the FTC has no power to block the deal and the only way to block the deal is through federal courts. Their internal court circus is pure delay tactics as they know they have no case, they either bet on another regulator blocking the deal and doing the work for them (CMA/EC) or delaying it so long that the company simply drops the acquisition.

It isn't a coincidence that the internal court date for Microsoft vs FTC is set for August, about a month after the agreed upon closure date between Microsoft/Activision which will have to be renegotiated if FTC doesn't drop the case before then.

I read someone say that Hoeg said that just because Microsoft says they will close over FTC doesn't mean they will, it seems as though he thinks there is a possibility that Microsoft won't attempt to close over the FTC, I don't know why, I suppose optics.

It would be annoying because I'm not as convinced as others that the FTC who isn't exactly acting rational right now would drop their case if CMA/EC approve the deal, they just took Meta to court on a ridiculously stupid and weak case despite being the only ones against it, Lol.

Last edited by Ryuu96 - on 27 March 2023

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Spade said:

Gamepass Check - 1st Quarter 2023

Summary: I will try to update every three months (I probably won't and will forget about this until the end of the year). The purpose is to see when/if the Xbots here have hit their Gamepass subscription fee. 

For me: I have the Ultimate Edition, so I have to hit $180 worth of games. I will only count games that came out to Gamepass this year and where I've played for at least 5 hours. 

After extensive analysis, I have found that I reached my Gamepass Cost on March 3rd, 2023. 

  • 5,270,400 seconds
  • 87,840 minutes
  • 1464 hours
  • 61 days
  • 8 weeks and 5 days
  • 16.71% of 2023 
  • ~17% of 2023

Persona 3 - Completed - $20 - Jan 19
Persona 4 - Completed - $20 - Jan 19
High Fi Rush - Completed - $30 - Jan 25
JoJo's Bizarre Adventure - Completed - $50 - Jan 31 (END OF JAN $120)
Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty - Completed - $60 - Mar 3 ($180 COST REACHED)
Guilty Gear Strive - Completed - $40 - Mar 7 
Ni No Kuni II - In Progress 6 Hours In - $60 - Mar 21 

Currently as of 3/26/23 - $280 in Total Savings. 

BestDealInGaming

Using TrueAchievements.

  • Tinykin - £20.
  • The Skywalker Saga - £40
  • Hi Fi Rush - £30
  • Yakuza 3 - £6 (Current Deal)
  • Yakuza 4 - £6 (Current Deal)
  • Yakuza 5 - £6 (Current Deal)

Total £108.

Not reached it yet, but I'll be playing Minecraft Legends, Redfall and Starfield day one so I'll definitely reach it, Lol.



Yeah I’m not close to my GP goal this year;

Jan 1st - March 27th 2022
- 8 Games beat
- 5 From GP
- Savings £108.45

Jan 1st - March 27th 2023
- 7 Games beat
- 2 From GP
- Savings £33.98



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Spade said:

Playing Ni No Noble II. Hate cheevos where you have to amass X amount of money in one sitting..

Still better than glitched ones I guess.

Enjoying this one a lot more a second time around though... Xbox effect?

It is nothing, the game with its dlc gives you a ton of money so easily obtainable when you havn't popped the achievement at the end of the game yet.






So I had a chance to look over Epic Editor for Fornite and I have to say Epic has proven me wrong. Then again, that Editor had to be something they have worked on for years and basically took their own tool and made it avaliable for public use. Not sure if Roblox will be able to survive a AAA editor like this when you can basically create just about any game you want but with the visual quality of Unreal 5. On top of that Epic is doing 40% revenue sharing for creators which is also a nice carrot.

After watching the State of Unreal presentation, its easy to see why CD Project also switched engines. Interesting enough, people will basically be able to create halo in Fortnite which would be very funny on another level before 343 actually bring out a product in the engine. That Editor is a game changer because of the breath of content that can be made that really not limited to just the Fortnite assets.



konnichiwa said:
Spade said:

Playing Ni No Noble II. Hate cheevos where you have to amass X amount of money in one sitting..

Still better than glitched ones I guess.

Enjoying this one a lot more a second time around though... Xbox effect?

It is nothing, the game with its dlc gives you a ton of money so easily obtainable when you havn't popped the achievement at the end of the game yet.

Yeah I saw one quest with a suggested level of 120... doubt I'll even get to that. trophy guide has max level to reach to get the plat at like 97. 



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