Is this the real reason Microsoft bought Activision Blizzard?

Microsoft and the metaverse
(Image credit: Microsoft)

Microsoft's historic $70 billion takeover of Activision Blizzard has widely been reported for the games it will bring to Game Pass, the Xbox subscription service, and the developers that now sit under the Xbox name. But there's a bigger impact of this takeover, which includes Call of Duty, World of Warcraft and more hit games.

Microsoft could just have won the metaverse before it's even got off the ground. Microsoft has recently broadened its scope from the console hardware business and sees the future of Xbox tied to Game Pass. It wants its monthly games subscription service on as many platforms as possible, beyond Xbox Series X/S.

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Editor, Digital Arts & 3D

Ian Dean is Editor, Digital Arts & 3D at Creative Bloq, and the former editor of many leading magazines. These titles included ImagineFX, 3D World and video game titles Play and Official PlayStation Magazine. Ian launched Xbox magazine X360 and edited PlayStation World. For Creative Bloq, Ian combines his experiences to bring the latest news on digital art, VFX and video games and tech, and in his spare time he doodles in Procreate, ArtRage, and Rebelle while finding time to play Xbox and PS5.