Microsoft’s Latest Multi Billion Rumored Deal Gets a “60 Million” Reality Check From Gaming World

Activision Blizzard recently revealed its quarterly financial report and going by the results, the picture doesn’t look good. Firstly, the publisher saw a decline in sales of Call of Duty games, especially following the launch of 2021’s Vanguard. And then, it also lost a significant amount of players as well in the last year itself.

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In fact, speaking precisely, Activision Blizzard saw over 60 million players leaving in 2021. That’s a huge loss for a publisher having one of the most played IPs in the world in Call of Duty.

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Call of Duty and Activision going through a really bad phase as Microsoft prepares to complete the acquisition

As reported by Gamespot, Activision witnessed a drop in its revenue at the end of March 31, 2022. Compared to last year, when it registered earnings of $2.28 billion, the publisher could only generate $1.77 billion this time.

Moreover, in terms of player engagement as well, it faced a massive decline throughout 2021. Activision’s monthly active users amounted to 372 million for the quarter. On the other hand, last year, for a similar period, the number was 435 million. So it’s a major drop of 63 million players.

While giving the reasons for low growth and sharp decline in user base, the publisher mentioned that Call of Duty Vanguard did affect the business. Not to mention that it also sold less than 2020’s Black Ops Cold War.

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On top of this, hit multiplayer Warzone also had a lower engagement from its players. Call of Duty Mobile performed as expected just the way it did a year ago.

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Interestingly, this earnings report revealed from Activision was not traditional. The main reason for releasing it just before the end of April was due to the proposed sale to Microsoft. It’s currently expected to finish at some point during Microsoft’s fiscal year ending June 30, 2023.

Meanwhile, Call of Duty fans themselves had a lot to say about Activision’s constant poor run in terms of sales and the user base. Have a look at some of the top reactions mocking the publisher while also calling out Microsoft for reportedly overpaying the company in the proposed sale.

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What are your thoughts on this story? Do you think Call of Duty will get a boost that it needs once Microsoft takes it completely after the deal’s completion?

Also, what are your expectations for this year’s upcoming new entry in the action franchise?

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Let us know in the comments.

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