So if something, MS could have known Sony was buying Bungie and rushed to buy CoD, even if I think wouldn't be the case. I think MS already had plans to buy publishers, saw that Sony was buying Bungie and casually an opportunity emerged because the shitstorm at Activision Blizzard exploded decreasing its price and found Kotick trying to find somwone who wanted to buy them.
I keep telling you, this fanfiction stuff is getting out of hand. MS "rushed to buy CoD" as a response to... Bungie? Despite us already knowing the exact layout of how everything went down, including Microsoft/Phil interested in buying ABK before
they wanted to sell, we know for a fact that CoD averages 100m MaU compared to Destiny's 6m MaU. And this is factoring Vanguard's disastrous launch and not taking into account
this year's MW2 being the biggest CoD in quite some time combined with Warzone 2. MaU, that you know, has been very important to Microsoft since last generation? MaU, that, oh I don't know, is extremely
important to Game Pass?
Then you factor in Overwatch, WoW, Diablo, motherfucking Candy Crush, and we don't even need to talk about the rest of the portfolio. We know that Microsoft had seen the future line-up for many ABK studios, especially Blizzard, and have been told the future looks incredibly bright. We even knew this beforehand, due to the court proceedings, because Microsoft requested to see their upcoming business pipeline before agreeing to Kotick's $100 per share asking price, to which Kotick agreed (according to Hoeg Law, companies don't do this unless very far into proceedings that have a high chance to occur). Microsoft was pleased at what they saw, raised their offer to $95 per share and that was that.
The fact that you even this was a response to Sony buying Bungie is so laughable that words cannot describe it.
Furthermore, we know that Bungie were talking to Microsoft before Sony. Yes, Bungie and MS denied this both occasions it was brought up. Obviously, because it never transpired. But even aside from big-time MS reporters leaking this, we have NateDrake from the other site (reputable leaker with a good track record that has his stuff get posted here and elsewhere, before you pretend he is a nobody), who, in a response to why Bungie and Microsoft talks fell through, said that Bungie wanted in the area of 2 billion and to remain independent:
He said this in SEPTEMBER 2020
If Bungie were acquired I very much doubt they touch Halo. 343 can make good games, there is a ton of talent there. They may need to take a good look at leadership. Strange story. Why would they quit Microsoft, then go to Activision, then go independent, only to go back to Microsoft again...
. We had zero idea Sony was buying Bungie until early 2022
. Not only that, but he was right on everything: Sans the extra money Sony paid for retention, Bungie got exactly $2bil~ and also got to remain independent. I'd like to see you spin that. Let me guess, coincidence?
That said, you're implying that, since MS was in talks with Bungie first, MS denied (obviously because Bungies was asking for far more then they're worth to Microsoft, as opposed to being valuable for Sony who desperately needs the GaaS talent due to their GaaS ambitions, as per Jimbo himself), somehow saw that Bungie was then immediately going to Sony, and "rushed to buy CoD?"
I mean, this is a rhetorical question. Everybody knows you're going to spin this so crazily that in the end we're all going to forget what we were talking about, anyway. As per usual.