Activision would have continued existing anyway. King Games still generates billions on the back its mobile game empire. Despite the controversies, Call of Duty was STILL the best selling game last year across both Playstation AND Xbox.Good God, Microsoft is just determined to rescue every terrible game company from the consequences of their own actions, aren't they. It was one thing when it was just serially-incompetent Bethesda, but... no, Activision does not deserve to go on existing. And we don't deserve to go on coexisting with it on this planet.
I have ZERO concern that Microsoft is going to be cleaning house once the ink dries on the deal. Activision/Blizzard not only has the baggage of its own corporate conduct, but of its own decaying legacy.I can accept this as long as Microsoft cleans house and fires all employees who were involved in the sexual misconduct (which sadly, I know won't happen considering the state of the video game industry and how they protect their own when such accusations fly).
Practically every studio they have has been forced into working on Call of Duty in some way, shape. or form. They've squandered, liquidated and driven away scores of talent.
I really think that Microsoft isn't getting quite the deal we think. Yes, there are a lot of studios associated with the purchase, but they've been so stripped down...I'm not sure some of them will survive the purchase. It will take YEARS for studios like Toys for Bob or Raven to scratch back on inch of their old reputations.
Microsoft is going to have completely redevelop the corporate mentality of Activision and its studios. Blizzard is coming only mildly ahead because Activision largely left them alone to do their own thing (which has its OWN issues...)