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Microsoft is trying to buy EA, Valve, PUBG?

Discussion in 'Gaming (Software and Graphics Cards)' started by cj_miranda23, Jan 30, 2018.

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If Micro$hit buying Valve... will this be a disaster for PC gaming?

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  1. cj_miranda23

    cj_miranda23 Notebook Evangelist

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    "Referencing a “reliable source close to Microsoft,” Polygon author Colin Campbell drops some big names to come into consideration for a takeover by Microsoft, namely none other than Electronic Arts, Valve Corporation, and PUBG Corp.—Bluehole Studios offshoot for last year’s Steam hit PLAYERUNKOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS."

    https://esportsobserver.com/report-microsoft-ea-valve-pubg-acquisition/

    https://www.theinquirer.net/inquire...oft-considering-buying-valve-ea-and-pubg-corp
    https://www.polygon.com/2018/1/29/16930892/xbox-one-exclusive-games-analysis-microsoft
     
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    hfm Notebook Virtuoso

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    Valve... lol.. that would truly suck, I hope Gaben wouldn't do that. We need digital softward distribution platform that is NOT Microsoft.
     
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    Talon Notebook Virtuoso

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    Yikes that would be a big blow to the PC gaming industry. It would wipe out all but Ubisoft for standalone distribution and control. Microsoft would force the garbage that is the Xbox store upon all of us and would forever change the way we PC game. Most likely the days of subscription free services and online gaming would be done. Modding games? Gone.
     
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    I think they won't. Most users in the world are steam users and simply buying it and merging it with Xbox will create too much frustration and tension. More likely they will enter into a partnership deal that makes Win Store apps/games cross compatible with MS Store app OR MS Store app will host some steam apps/games and Steam in turn would do the same thing.
     
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    From what i read, Gabe said back in 2012 (when EA wanted to buy) that he thought Valve would be more likely to disintegrate if bought by a large corporation (at the time mis-reported as quoting that he would "rather see it disintegrate than sell out", and widely mis-quoted as such since), due to "independent-minded developers scattering".

    Hopefully this would still hold true today. Money talks, of course, and current depressing state of overall climate makes this a scary eventuality. However, I'm trying desperately :rolleyes: to look for any and all silver lining/positive outcome that could come from microsoft buying valve (imo they can have EA, idc, they deserve eachother :p).

    Maybe such a move could indeed lead developers to abandon ship and breathe some fresh air into stale valve domination "meta". No huge love for valve (in my circle of friends there's a lot of "thx volvo:mad::mad:" sentiment for all the aggravating bs and moneygrabbing). However, lot less love for MS ofc, and it really would be a crushing blow for us to have hated ms running valve. Despite valve being pretty stinky in its own right,ms buyout would still totally suck, especially in the short term.

    But still, maybe some good could come out of it. Maybe an upset like this could end up shaking the industry up in a positive and unforeseen way (aka, if people jumped from valve and we got less monopolization+new blood projects--possible eh:confused:)

    Atm i think it would be a bad move for valve to sell; they're simply killing it. Again tho money talks and it's not impossible for ms to offer a deal thats hard to refuse.

    There's too much bad/depressing news lately, so all I can do is hope for the best..:D
     
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    Disney bought Marvel, Star Wars and Fox- I guess anything is possible.
    Microsoft and Valve doesn't seem that crazy when you stop and consider a company like Skype - imagine the integration that could be done with Steam in Windows. They already force the Xbox stuff into all Windows 10 installations.

    Thing is, Valve has the talent (or had, at least) to go back to greatness. And if they don't anymore, they could definitely pay for it. They just need to make games again. It was as if after the Steam Machines didn't really play out the way they wanted everything ground to a halt - problem was, we just wanted the software.

    I do wonder what's really going on over there at 'Volvo'- I remember reading a bunch of articles about how the place used to be very clique-y like a high school, and I wonder if there are bigger behind the scenes issues, like with all the sexual harassment allegations currently flooding out of sports, Hollywood, etc. and company culture.
     
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    It wouldn't surprise me that they've had to deal with something like the current, finally, news coming forward about what's been happening for ages. You get a large enough company with enough people it's eventual odds are there's some assholes in there (not talking business wise, but human wise) that have skirted past normal checks and balances.

    I don't hate Microsoft. They still have the best OS to play games on. They try hard to do things, but they also have to try to continue to find ways to create revenue. Nature of the beast. Some of those things rub people the wrong way. Some of us just understand it and do what we can to minimize. I am concerned that in the current climate, the people that are supposed to be looking out for us are going to be ever so quickly selling us out over and over. You can already see it in so many different areas that protections are help are eroding.

    Hopefully we just get to keep playing good games when we need a break from the constant garbage fire.
     
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    EA would immediately ask for more than Microsoft would accept. 50 to 60 billion.
     
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    Mr. Fox Undefiled BGA-Hating Elitist

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    Yeah, that would be a truly be an unholy work of Satan if that were to happen. The death premeditated murder of all that gamers and performance PC enthusiasts hold dear. The Redmond Retards would only buy it so they could gleefully kill Steam and hinder the digital distribution of all of the games that are not Micro$lop Studios/Windows 10 UWP filth.
     
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    Papusan BGABOOKS = That sucks!! STAHP! Dont buy FILTH...

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    Microsoft buying Valve would be a disaster for PC gaming
    Right now, it's just a rumor. Hopefully it stays that way (Pcworld.com).


    It’s not great. Microsoft needs stellar, exclusive games, and clearly recognizes that fact in the wake of the Xbox One X's launch. Other names in this week’s rumor mill seem even more far-fetched—EA is mentioned by name, which is another moonshot to say the least. But at least Microsoft acquiring EA wouldn’t destabilize an entire platform, nor would many casual observers object to a change of management after the last few years of EA’s output.

    Valve, though? A disaster—for Microsoft, for Steam, and for PC gaming in general.
     
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