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  • Activision Blizzard Now Being Sued by New York

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    Activision Blizzard Now Being Sued by New York

    Several organizations in New York City are now suing the Call of Duty publisher.

    Several groups in New York City have come together to file a lawsuit against Activision Blizzard. The group says that current Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick and the board of directors sped through the deal with Microsoft in order to "escape liability for their egregious breaches of fiduciary duty."

    The initial report by Axios says that this alleged breach of duty may have harmed...
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  • Halo Infinite Season 2: Lone Wolves Update Out Now

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    Halo Infinite Season 2: Lone Wolves Update Out Now

    An update so large, it has its own table of contents.

    343 Industries and Microsoft released a massive update for Halo Infinite today to kick off the start of Season 2: Lone Wolves. this update changelog is a big one. It's so big that it has its own table of contents, and I probably won't be pasting it here directly.

    The update adds in a bit of new content, including the latest Battle Pass, plus "numerous bug fixes," and some new features. This second season for...
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  • Xbox & Bethesda Games Showcase Announced for June 12

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    Xbox & Bethesda Games Showcase Announced for June 12

    Get ready to feast on new game reveals!

    Microsoft announces that the Xbox & Bethesda Games Showcase will stream on Sunday, June 12 at 10AM (PT).

    This show, like the shows in the previous years, will include titles from Xbox Game Studios, Bethesda, and "partners around the world." The games shown off during the event will be coming "soon" to the Xbox ecosystem, including Game Pass releases on Xbox and PC.

    There will be a number of places...
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  • Activision Blizzard Stockholders Vote in Favor of Microsoft Acquisition

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    Activision Blizzard Stockholders Vote in Favor of Microsoft Acquisition

    The FTC hurdle has still yet to be overcome.

    Activision Blizzard stockholders voted today in favor of the pending acquisition by Microsoft. Of course, this really doesn't mean that it's all a done deal just yet as Microsoft still needs to get approval from the FTC and other regulating bodies.

    According to a press release sent out today, over 98% of the owners voted in favor of the acquisition. Microsoft is hopeful that the deal will close in their next fiscal year, which...
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  • Xbox Series Consoles Outsold Nintendo and Sony in Q1 2022

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    Xbox Series Consoles Outsold Nintendo and Sony in Q1 2022

    Xbox is having a pretty great year so far.

    The Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S are the best-selling hardware for the first quarter of 2022 thus far, at least in terms of dollars made. This news comes to us from the latest NPD Group analysis that combined sales of the Series X and S not only topped the charts for March but for the entirety of Q1.

    This is probably a bit surprising to hear given how well the PlayStation 5 started out 2022. Sony's latest was the best-selling...
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  • Halo Composers and Microsoft Settle Lawsuit Over Unpaid Royalties

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    Halo Composers and Microsoft Settle Lawsuit Over Unpaid Royalties

    The parties arrived at a mutually agreeable settlement.

    This past February, original Halo composers Marty O'Donnell and Mike Salvatori, sued Microsoft claiming that the tech giant owed them unpaid royalties. Some of those royalties supposedly dated back as much as 20 years, according to the lawsuit. Full details on this lawsuit from February 2022 can be found in our initial article.

    Originally, the pre-trial was set to take place on May 9, 2022. It was here that the issues...
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  • Bobby Kotick's Post-Acquisition Fate Still Undecided

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    Bobby Kotick's Post-Acquisition Fate Still Undecided

    Talks have supposedly not yet happened yet.

    Activision Blizzard says that they have not yet talked to Microsoft about what Bobby Kotick's employment status will be after Microsoft's acquisition of the company. As of right now, Kotick is still the CEO of Activision Blizzard despite the numerous legal battles and accusations of sexual harassment and discrimination that have hit the company.

    As first spotted by Stephen Totilo, Activision added a line to its United States...
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  • Upcoming Windows 11 Security Feature will Require a Fresh Install of Your OS

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    Upcoming Windows 11 Security Feature will Require a Fresh Install of Your OS

    You want to be secure, right?

    A new update for Windows 11 is in the works from Microsoft that aims to "help protect hybrid work." This new security feature is called Smart App Control and it hopes to prevent you from running malicious software. "Hybrid work" in this case is a combination of work that is done both at home and in-office, something that isn't too uncommon these days.

    The new Smart App Control will be built into Windows 11. It will monitor...
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  • Epic and Xbox Raise $144 Million for Ukrainian Relief Efforts

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    Epic and Xbox Raise $144 Million for Ukrainian Relief Efforts

    The pair have raised a monumental amount of money to help the relief efforts in Ukraine.

    On March 20, 2022, Epic Games announced that both they and Microsoft were teaming up to donate Fortnite proceeds to helping the humanitarian relief efforts in Ukraine. Epic Games committed to donating all Fortnite proceeds while Xbox was committing their net proceeds during this time.

    The charity drive ran from the 20th through to April 3, 2022. The final tally of money raised was...
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  • Xbox Announced Two Weird, Furry Sonic the Hedgehog Controllers

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    Xbox Announced Two Weird, Furry Sonic the Hedgehog Controllers

    Just imagine playing a game with these gripped firmly between your sweaty palms.

    Microsoft just revealed a couple of custom Xbox controllers that will give a new meaning to the term "hairy palms." Xbox and Paramount Pictures have teamed up to create a couple of Sonic the Hedgehog 2 inspired controllers that are made to remind you of Sonic and Knuckles. These were made to be included as part of a new sweepstakes where you could win a custom Xbox Series S console and these...
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  • Epic Games and Xbox to Donate Two Weeks Worth of Fortnite Proceeds to Supporting Ukraine

    The two have already raised over $36 million (USD) in the first day.

    Just this past Sunday, Epic Games announced that they are donating all proceeds from Fortnite to helping the people in Ukraine that have been suffering at the hands of the Russian invasion. This program will run for a period of two weeks, starting from yesterday, March 20 and through to April 3, 2022.

    If you would like to help out, feel free to make new purchases of V-Buck packs, Fortnite Crew, Battle...
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  • Update for Xbox Cloud Gaming Improves iPad and iPhone Performance

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    Update for Xbox Cloud Gaming Improves iPad and iPhone Performance

    Microsoft claims that they implemented some "major performance" improvements in i-devices.

    Microsoft released a new update for their Xbox Cloud Gaming service on those using an iPad or iPhone. In a new Xbox blog post talking about the update, Xbox product managers Nicole Hilbert and Akshar Pandia say that this update offers "major performance improvements."

    Microsoft says that since implementing the improvements, they have seen a "significant increase...
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  • Original Halo Composers Sue Microsoft Over 20 Years of Unpaid Royalties

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    Original Halo Composers Sue Microsoft Over 20 Years of Unpaid Royalties

    The pair are also seeking an injunction against the upcoming Halo TV series.

    A new report by Eurogamer says that the original Halo music composers, Marty O'Donnell and Mike Salvatori, are suing Microsoft over unpaid royalties. Some of these royalties seem to date back roughly 20 years according to the lawsuit.

    Lawyers for O'Donnell and Salvatori filed this lawsuit back in June 2020 with a Washington state court. Next week, mediation is scheduled to begin but if no agreement...
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  • Microsoft Says Activision Blizzard Will Continue to Release Games on PlayStation Beyond Existing Agreements

    Nintendo will also get the same treatment.

    Microsoft has kicked off what the New York Times is calling a "charm offensive" to help push through its proposed acquisition of Activision Blizzard. This is being done in an effort to get the United States government to approve its near $70 billion deal. Microsoft says that they will not give preferential treatment to its own games in its app stores.

    Furthermore, Microsoft says that they pledge to continue to allow...
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  • Phil Spencer Set to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award at DICE Awards

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    Phil Spencer Set to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award at DICE Awards

    Spencer will receive recognition for his work at Microsoft and Xbox.

    Phil Spencer, CEO of Microsoft Gaming and the head of Xbox, will receive the AIAS Lifetime Achievement Award at the 25th Annual DICE Awards. This announcement came a short time ago today from the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences.

    This annual awards show will take place on February 24 in Las Vegas, Nevada. None other than Bethesda's Todd Howard will present Spencer with the 2022 Lifetime Achievement...
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