In China, the deal between Microsoft and Activision Blizzard was approved, the developer studio Gothic andELEX received investments from the German government, the revenue of Hogwarts Legacy exceeded $ 1.3 billion, – we tell you what happened in the gaming industry over the weekend.
China has become the second major region to approve a deal between Microsoft and Activision Blizzard. The first was the European Union. In a comment to IGN, a Microsoft representative said that the Chinese authorities unconditionally made a decision on the deal without putting forward additional requirements. He added that to date, the takeover has been supported in 37 countries, where more than 2 billion people live.
The German Ministry of Economy and Climate Protection has allocated €3.17 million to Piranha Bytes Studio for the development of a new game. Almost nothing is known about the game yet, except that it is being created under the code name WIKI6 and should be released in 2026.
▪️CEO of Warner Bros. Discovery David Zaslav announced at the SVB MoffettNathanson Inaugural TMT conference that Hogwarts Legacy has already earned more than $1.3 billion. Recall that in the company’s latest financial report it was reported that as of March 31, revenue from sales of physical copies of the game alone exceeded $ 1 billion. Zaslav also said that Hogwarts Legacy could have been released 10 months earlier, but the release was postponed to polish the game.
▪️Rafael Grassetti, art director of God of War: Ragnarök, left Sony Santa Monica after 10 years of work. The artist wrote on Twitter that he was sorry to leave the studio, but he was grateful for all the opportunities it gave him. Grassetti has no doubts about the further success of Sony Santa Monica and hopes to work with it in the future. Why he decided to leave the studio, Grassetti did not say.