Cora, a supermarket chain, has begun to alert customers about the potential consequences of Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard.
A Twitter user named HazzadorGamin discovered an ad in the PlayStation retail department of one of the chain’s stores. The sign informs potential customers about a recent partnership between the two firms and advises them to choose their console carefully.
“Notice to gamers, Microsoft has bought Activision! Choose your console wisely.”
Cora has over 60 stores in France and another 20 in Romania, Belgium, and Luxembourg, according to GameMag. This particular case was spotted at a Belgian shop.
The snapshot is most likely genuine, however it’s unclear if the notice was issued by a single store or by the entire network. In any event, this could be just another illustration of the far-reaching consequences of the greatest gaming merger in history.
On January 18th, Microsoft announced the acquisition of Activision Blizzard. The transaction is expected to finalize in the summer of 2023, with a value of roughly $70 billion.
Outside of the Microsoft ecosystem, there is currently no clear explanation of what will happen to the publisher’s core series, particularly Call of Duty. Following the announcement of the deal, Microsoft Gaming CEO Phil Spencer stated that the company would honor all previous agreements signed between Sony and Activision Blizzard, as well as expressing a desire to keep Call of Duty on the PlayStation platform; however, this statement was interpreted differently by many.
According to Bloomberg, per earlier agreements, at least three additional Call of Duty games will be launched on Sony consoles. It’s unclear what will happen to the franchise afterwards.
By the way, are you aware that Call of Duty Warzone 2 will not be available to PS4 and Xbox One owners?