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Microsoft Suffers as UK Blocks Activision Buyout

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rosoft dominates cloud gaming, according to the CMA.Microsoft dominates cloud gaming, according to the CMA.After months of investigation, the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has blocked Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard.

Microsoft’s $69 billion acquisition of the massive publisher is widely discussed. Microsoft’s deal was deemed industry-friendly by the CMA in March. Analysts anticipated CMA approval of Xbox today. CMA ruined Microsoft’s plans. Microsoft will appeal, but this is a major setback for a planned smooth transition.

The CMA’s tweet ruling:

Concerns about cloud gaming surprised me. According to the CMA report, Microsoft’s solution “had significant shortcomings and would require regulatory oversight.” Innovation and choice in cloud gaming require a free, competitive market.

Microsoft dominates cloud gaming, according to the CMA.

According to the article, “Allowing Microsoft to take such a strong position in the cloud gaming market just as it begins to grow rapidly would risk undermining the innovation that is crucial to developing these opportunities.”

The tech giant’s acquisition is being examined by the EU Commission and US Federal Trade Commission. These organizations may be affected by the UK’s position.

Since its announcement, Sony has been fighting the acquisition, trying to convince the CMA that it would be bad for the industry and consumers.

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Feeling a bit buzzed The Last of Us Pedro Pascal from HBO wins SAG Award

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Pedro Pascal may have indulged in a few too many Dark ‘n’ Stormy’s before the 2024 SAG Awards, where he clinched the award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series for his portrayal of Joel Miller in the HBO adaptation of The Last of Us. Appearing slightly intoxicated, the actor portraying Joel confidently stepped onto the stage and stated, “This is incorrect for several reasons. I’ve had a few drinks. I believed I could become intoxicated. Thanks, HBO! Oh boy, I feel a bit embarrassed, but I really appreciate this.”

Pascal faced tough competition from Succession actors Brian Cox, Kieran Culkin, and Matthew MacFadyen, along with The Morning Show’s Billy Crudup. He emerged victorious for the award and, seemingly oblivious to his defeated competitors, remarked:

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“I’ve been in the union since 1999, so this is a tremendous honor. “We’re on Netflix,” Pascal noted, mentioning the streaming platform’s position on censorship. “I might experience a surge of anxiety and decide to depart.” Pascal expressed gratitude to showrunner Craig Mazin, Naughty Dog head Neill Druckmann, colleagues, and production staff for their valuable contributions.

 

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REYNATIS appears as a rugged yet strangely attractive action RPG for PS5 and PS4

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It’s unfair to criticize the time it takes to develop PS5 and PS4 games, only to then judge REYNATIS for appearing a bit messy. Developers are investing significant sums in creating high-budget games nowadays, so maybe it’s about time we adjust our expectations and embrace slightly less polished releases instead.

This introduction sets the stage for FuRyu’s latest game, which could easily fit in as a late-gen launch on the PS3, but that doesn’t take away from its potential for enjoyment. A team of former Square Enix employees created this game, which explores a power struggle among magicians in Shibuya. Some aim to flaunt their abilities, while others prefer to keep them hidden.

The setting is truly remarkable; having visited Shibuya, it captures the essence of the iconic location perfectly. The combat appears solid, but there are performance issues to address, especially with the Japanese release scheduled for July 25th. Although there has been no official announcement regarding a Western release, we anticipate that a publisher will likely pick it up later this year.

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Leaked footage of LittleBigPlanet Hub on PS3 brings a nostalgic wave

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Once upon a time, Sony revealed Little Big Planet HUB, a free-to-play exclusive for the PS3 available on the PS Store. It seems that the game will merge all the content from LittleBigPlanet and LittleBigPlanet 2, giving fans the opportunity to play, create, and share without any cost. The concept was ambitious, which likely made the platform holder hesitant.

It is common knowledge that the planned release in August 2013 never materialized, with many speculating that it evolved into Little Big Planet 3. More than a decade later, footage from a beta version of LittleBigPlanet Hub has surfaced after an old NDA expired.

There is not much that is unexpected here: the gameplay resembles LittleBigPlanet, featuring floaty physics, prize bubbles, and narration by Stephen Fry. It’s intriguing to come across cancelled titles such as this one. A free-to-play version of LittleBigPlanet could potentially thrive in today’s landscape of creative live services similar to Roblox and Minecraft.

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