The purchase of Activision Blizzard by Microsoft continues to give much to talk about. Although the negative points and the chances that this business will be canceled at the end of the day have not stopped, there are also those who see the positive side of this acquisition. This is the case of Michael Pachter, who has pointed out that, in the event that this process is carried out, the number of users of Xbox GamePass would increase substantially.
Recently, Pachter, a famous analyst for Wedbush Securities, pointed out that the purchase of Activision Blizzard, as well as the focus on the cloud, could take Xbox Game Pass to 100 million subscribers. This is what he commented on it:
“His idea is to bring video games to all devices that have a screen, it is a global market of 3.5 million potential subscribers, so I think Xbox Game Pass can grow from 25 to 100 million subscribers soon.
It makes no sense to exclude such a large audience, look at what Disney is doing after acquiring Fox, they have not stopped releasing their movies in theaters and forcing their fans to subscribe to Disney +. Something similar is happening with HBO and I think it’s a very smart strategy. If Microsoft follows this path, it will have Activision, which is very good at this type of strategy, and it shows that a large part of its income comes from this type of agreement, so I think this is a great opportunity for Microsoft.”
(FYI) Michael Pachter thinks Microsoft could reach 100 million Game Pass subs if the Activision/Blizzard acquisition goes through pic.twitter.com/TEVqSaBzXh
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Alongside this, Pachter has mentioned that the Federal Trade Commission will not block the purchaseand it will be until next January when this transaction is fulfilled.
“I can say with confidence that the FTC has no legal basis to object to this. They could try. But the basis for a dispute would be the removal of Activision games from Sony’s PlayStation platforms, should Microsoft complete the acquisition. And Microsoft has already blogged and tweeted that it won’t.
Wait until October because it will be nine months since the agreement. This will be the time when the FTC will have to act or let go. And if they don’t do it by the end of October, Microsoft will announce that they will close the deal by the end of the year, and then we’ll see what the FTC does, but I think this deal will close by January 15th at the latest.”
Returning to Xbox Game Pass, let’s remember that after the purchase of ZeniMax Media, games from DOOM, Wolfenstein and more were added to the Xbox Game Pass catalog, and it is very likely that once the purchase is completed we will see games of Call of Duty, Crash Bandicoot and more in this service. On related topics, Xbox has announced an event for Gamescom. Similarly, a new Xbox Elite 2 controller has been leaked.
Although Activision Blizzard games on Xbox Game Pass, as well as the cloud, will surely increase the number of users of this service, talking about 100 million users is a lot, and even somewhat difficult to believe. The increase is not in doubt, but it will not be as big as some hope.
Via: Michael Patcher