- Xbox’s quarterly revenue increased by 49% after Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard, leading to a rise in interest from stock traders and shareholders.
- Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard has boosted its market value and contributed to a 61% rise in revenue from Xbox content and services.
- Despite controversy surrounding recent staff layoffs, Xbox continues to show growing profitability for Microsoft, with CEO Satya Nadella predicting a 40% rise in gaming revenue.
Recent financial reports show that Xbox had a quarterly revenue increase of 49% following the finalization of Microsoft’s Activision Blizzard purchase. Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard was marred with legal hurdles, but the eventual triumph of the Xbox parent company has proven financially beneficial.
One of the biggest competitors in the gaming industry, Xbox has continued to grow and expand thanks to heavy investment from Microsoft. The technology powerhouse has successfully acquired a number of development studios, which have in turn boosted the company’s market value.
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According to quarterly financial reports, Microsoft ended December 2023 with a 49% increase in gaming revenue, due in significant part to the Activion Blizzard acquisition. The deal gave Microsoft ownership over popular franchises like Call of Duty, Overwatch, and World of Warcraft, leading to a rise in interest from stock traders and shareholders. The acquisition contributed to a 61% rise in revenue from Xbox content and services, marking a significant increase in sales. As reported by VGC, video game industry analyst MauroNL sourced financial records showing that Activision Blizzard has had a net positive revenue boost of $2.1 billion for Microsoft, in spite of purchase costs and operating losses. With these quarterly reports being the first to come after the Activision Blizzard acquisition, Microsoft executives are anticipating the financial benefits of the deal to continue for the foreseeable future.
Activision-Blizzard Acquisition Boosts Microsoft’s Market Value
Earlier this month, Microsoft became a $3 trillion-dollar company, with speculators attributing the market value increase to the Activision Blizzard deal, along with Microsoft’s investment in AI. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella predicts gaming revenue to continue to rise around 40%, with a portion of that increase expected to come from the Activision Blizzard acquisition. Nadella highlighted record-high monthly active users, noting player growth from Call of Duty as a key factor in rising user counts and increased player interest in the platform. The CEO anticipates an upcoming total revenue growth of roughly 50% for all Xbox content and services over the coming months.
Xbox continues to show growing profitability for Microsoft, though the increased revenue has not come without controversy. The recent decision by Microsoft to lay off 1,900 staff members was met with criticism from audiences who questioned the necessity of the move, as it came in tandem with the net profit gains.
Xbox Series X
- Original Release Date
- November 10, 2020
- Original MSRP (USD)
- 9.8 LBS