Former Dragon Age producer and BioWare veteran Mark Darrah thinks the merger between Microsoft and Activision “is probably a bad thing in the long run.” At the same time, he hopes that the takeover can bring advantages, at least in the short term.
Former Dragon Age producer and BioWare veteran Mark Darrah has commented on Microsoft’s proposed acquisition of Activision Blizzard. In his view, the deal could be a good thing in the short term. In the long run, however, he sees more disadvantages.
During a YouTube Q&A explained Darrah: “I can say that consolidation is probably a bad thing in the long run. Hopefully Microsoft’s purchase of Activision Blizzard is a good thing in the short term, because culturally it seems Activision Blizzard needs someone to go in with a leaf blower and clean out the company’s dark corners.”
Activision Blizzard is led by CEO Bobby Kotick, who has been accused of a hostile work culture and poor leadership. Reports based on this caused concern last year among other things for “concern”.
Declining creativity and willingness to take risks
While Darrah appears to think Microsoft can get the publisher back on track in terms of governance, he believes the long-term prospects would be worse once the acquisition is completed.
“In the long run, consolidation is usually bad because once you have enough control, you want to control costs. And that usually means less creativity and less risk-taking,” the BioWare veteran said. “It’s probably bad in the long term, but maybe good in the short term in the case of Activision Blizzard.”
The planned deal is undergoing intensive scrutiny by several regulatory authorities. The aim is to assess the effects on the market and, if necessary, to impose conditions. Closer scrutiny continues as to the future of Call of Duty on PlayStation consoles, although Microsoft has repeatedly promised that fans won’t have to worry about availability.
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At the same time, Microsoft recently complained that Sony was refusing Xbox Game Pass on the PlayStation consoles and this blockage would affect competition.
Microsoft plans to close its acquisition of Activision Blizzard by June 2023.
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