With Microsoft’s efforts to acquire Activision Blizzard still underway and several regulators weighing in on the deal, several publishers have now announced their thoughts, including Take-Two Interactive, whose CEO expressed support for the acquisition today in a conversation with IGN.
When asked about his thoughts on the deal, CEO Strauss Zelnick said that Take-Two has supported the deal for some time, noting that it would be a positive for Microsoft as a partner, and continued, “What’s good for them is also good for the industry.”
Zelnick reiterated previous comments he made about the cloud gaming market, saying that cloud gaming is a distribution method rather than a separate business, and that although new distribution methods such as cloud gaming may expand the gaming market, it is still an essential part of the larger gaming market.
Previously, EA CEO Andrew Wilson said closing or terminating the deal is “not really material” to his company. Other companies such as Nvidia have expressed their support thanks to Microsoft’s ten-year deals to access Call of Duty, although Sony remains firmly opposed.