Xbox Creator Discusses Microsoft’s Acquisition of Activision Blizzard

Seamus Blackley
Microsoft Corp. Chairman Bill Gates, left, talks with Seamus Blackley, an executive who describes himself as Xbox's ``head evangelist,'' about the breakthrough new game console during Gates' keynote address Sunday, Nov. 11, 2001, to kick off the massive Comdex trade show in Las Vegas. The Xbox console is due out Nov. 15. (AP Photo/Microsoft, Jeff Christensen)

On the day that the biggest acquisition in video game history was announced, the “father” of Xbox, Seamus Blackley, expressed his opinion on the case and on the troubling allegations made against Activision Blizzard.

As news of Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard continues to shake the gaming industry, the famous designer and architect behind Xbox said he was “distracted” by the particular and unpleasant situation publisher Activision Blizzard lives in. Blackley said through a tweet:

I am sickened that the reward for years of despicable practices toward developers seems to be a huge payday for their perpetrators. My hope is that the acquisition will cause the Activision culture to change, and may catalyze some accountability for those who have so far avoided it

Seamus Blackley

and continued with:

I strongly believe in @XboxP3 as a leader and an executive. I think this is a very insightful move and could represent a huge win for Xbox. There are daunting challenges in all large acquisitions I just see the issues of developer culture as being paramount here, before all else.

Seamus Blackley

Meanwhile all this, in the last few hours, it was discussed how the situation of the until then CEO of Activision Blizzard will be after the purchase of Microsoft is completed and the publisher becomes part of the Xbox game studios.