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Much has been said about the effects Microsoft’s purchase of Activision Blizzard will have on the industry. Opinion is divided, and independent developers have not been left out of the discussion.
There are different points of view, but several indie creatives fear that the next purchase of Microsoft and Xbox will impact them in a negative way. Some of them gave their opinion and stated that the agreement may damage their visibility in the industry and therefore their business.
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Indie devs not happy with Activision Blizzard purchase
During an interview with the BBC (via VGC), Tanya Short, creator of Boyfriend Dungeon, pointed out that independent developers face to a great challenge in trying to compete against AAA releases, which they try to avoid at all costs for the debut of their projects.
Short said he was afraid of buying Activision Blizzard, as the studio will have an even stronger position in the industry, which could dampen projects from independent developers fighting for a place in the market.
“This acquisition of Activision scares us because it makes it much more visible: maybe they could dominate the rest of the year and then what do we do?” Short said.
Yura Zhadanovich, founder of Sad Cat Studios, is concerned that Microsoft and Xbox are beginning to phase out support for independent developers due to their latest acquisitions. Companies have turned to the indie industry to feed content into their consoles and services like Xbox Game Pass, and the same will apply to Activision Blizzard.
Both creatives have brought their games to Game Pass, so they also fear that Activision Blizzard games will totally dominate on the platform. This would make your projects suffer as players won’t even see them.
Fortunately, it seems that Microsoft has a strategy, as Sarah Bond, VP of ecosystem and gaming experience creation at Microsoft, stated that they will not withdraw their support from independent creators, so they will continue to invest in them and their growth in Xbox Game Pass.
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