The DLC: Volume 11

Microsoft buys Activision Blizzard for 68.9 billion! Microsoft buys Activision Blizzard for 68.9 billion! With Atlanta FaZe having taken the 2021 Championship, the 2022 season for Call of Duty...

The DLC: Volume 11

Your weekly dose of esports happenings curated by Champria

Original Author: Gianluca Beer

Microsoft buys Activision Blizzard for 68.9 billion!

Rejoice, CoD, WoW and OW fans across the internet! Microsoft Gaming has decided to acquire Activision Blizzard for the modest sum of 68.9 billion in an article written by Phil Spencer, CEO of Microsoft Gaming, himself. Not only will Team Xbox enjoy the support of the teams that worked and work on games such as Call of Duty, Warcraft, Candy Crush, Tony Hawk, Diablo, Overwatch, Spyro, Hearthstone, Guitar Hero, Crash Bandicoot, and StarCraft, but they have announced their plans to offer as many Activision Blizzard games as they can within the Xbox Game Pass and the PC Game Pass, including both new titles and games from Activision Blizzard. However, the deal hasn’t quite come into effect yet, as Microsoft Gaming and Activision Blizzard will continue to operate independently until the deal is fully agreed upon, at which point Activision Blizzard will report directly to Phil Spencer.

However, it is not all great news for Activision Blizzard, as Bobby Kotick was considering purchasing Kotaku and PC Gamer to help reduce Activision Blizzard’s bad press recently

With the deal with Microsoft Gaming on the works, the Wall Street Journal reported that Activision Blizzard’s CEO, Bobby Kotick, was considering purchasing major video game press reporters, such as Kotaku and PC Gamer, in order to help stabilize the company’s bad press and hopefully rebuild the negative image they currently have with the public after the allegations of sexual harassment and misconduct at the workplace that have surfaced throughout 2021. With many fans and former and current employees asking for Kotick to be removed, Microsoft Gaming’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard could not have come at a better time.

Riot Games have decided to “sunset” Pro View

Riot Games, through their subsidiary LoL Esports, have decided to end Pro View starting February 1st, 2022. The tool was great for analysts to take a much closer look at how certain players performed during their matches, including cursor and camera placement and item and rune set-up. All Payments or subscriptions made after December 31st, 2022, will be refunded. The company stated “With Pro View, we wanted to offer our fans a unique and personalized esports viewing experience. While we initially saw interest in the POV feeds, we did not see a strong interest in Pro View as a stand-alone subscription service.” Riot Esports also thanked their fans and players for their understanding and support of LoL Esports.

Call of Duty roster-mania is still ongoing, and Boston has announced their team!

With Atlanta FaZe having taken the 2021 Championship, the 2022 season for Call of Duty, Vanguard, is just around the corner. And, as it so often happens in-between seasons, the transfer market is more active than ever. These are the confirmed teams’ starting line ups thus far:

Boston Breach is the latest team to reveal their lineup, as they are going to have Methodz, TJHaLy, Nero, and Capsidal. The London Royal Ravers will feature Afro, Zer0, Nastie, and Gismo. Paris Legion’s players will be Temp, FeLo, Decemate, and John. OpTic Texas will have Scump, Dashy, Shotzzy, and iLLeY. Florida Mutineers will include Skyz, Owakening, Havok, and Davpadie. New York Subliners will dive in with Crimsix, Clayester, HyDra and Neptune. Seattle Surge’s starting lineup will be Accuracy, Mack, Sib, and Pred. Toronto Ultra will have CleanX, Insight, Cammy, and Bance. Los Angeles Thieves will see Kenny, Octane, Envoy, and Drazah on their team. Minnesota RØKKR will have Attach, Standy, Priestahh, and MajorManiak. Finally, Los Angeles Guerrillas’ roster will be SlasheR, Gunless, Huke, and Asim.



Winline D2CL Season 7 is sweeping in to pick up teams after the cancellation of the Winter Major

Epic Esports Winline’s Dota 2 Championship League’s seventh season will be starting next Monday, January 24th. With a prize pool of $50,000, 14 teams from all across Europe will be competing to see who earns a spot in the final, scheduled for February 17th. At the moment, 13 of the 14 teams have already been confirmed by Epic Esports, featuring big names such as Virtus.pro and AS Monaco Gambit. The format of the tournament will be double elimination brackets, with matches being b03 until the final match, which will be bo5. After Valve announced the cancellation of the Winter Major last week, it is great to see that we will still get to see some great Dota 2 action!

To read more:

https://news.xbox.com/en-us/2022/01/18/welcoming-activision-blizzard-to-microsoft-gaming/

https://www.wsj.com/articles/activision-blizzard-microsoft-deal-11642557922/

https://proview.lolesports.com/home

https://twitter.com/CODLeague/status/1481733793543335938

https://epicenter.gg/en/press/243