PUBG: PC’s anti-cheat measures, Xbox One damage tweaks, and Microsoft acquisition rumors

    
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Patchy patch patch! It’s patch day for PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds’ test server. On PC, Bluehole says it’s still working on the ongoing anti-cheat measures it’s been promising (yes, Steam’s comments are still filled with demands to region-block China from western servers). The Miramar map has also been buffed out with new stuff, including new buildings and cover “to improve the engagement experience,” more off-road routes, and better spawned loot too.

On Xbox One, this week’s patch tweaks vehicle damage; players will see more damage to vehicle bodies (especially the wheels) with gunfire and grenades, more damage to passengers in crashes, and less damage to players when being rammed by vehicles.

“We’re now serving up chicken dinners to over 4 million players on Xbox,” Bluehole says. “Thank you for your continued support! ”

Meanwhile, Polygon has a report out this week speculating on bizarre but apparently well-sourced rumors that Microsoft is gearing up for a major acquisition. PUBG Corp is indeed on the list of possibilities, along with Electronic Arts and Valve.

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Jack Pipsam

I could see buying Bluehole working for Microsoft, it might be like Mojang thing where the game can still exist outside of their own eco-system.

I don’t know if I put much stock in them owning Valve or EA though. Sure they’d like too, but EA at least seems far too bulky. Although, then again, Microsoft.

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Anyone who remembers how Microsoft’s involvement with AC2 turned out will want them to have nothing to do with any current game or gaming platform.

The only party who will be partying if Microsoft take over Valve is GOG.

Why can’t Microsoft just focus on getting their operating systems working properly including the updating service? Frankly Microsoft are a joke at the moment, they lost all sense of direction and purpose when Bill Gates moved on. The last thing we need is them getting actively involved in gaming. What next – Derek Smart buys out Google?

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The last thing we need is them getting actively involved in gaming.

Yes I suppose being one of the big three console manufacturers, owning the most popluar PC operating system for gaming (of which now has gaming features integrated into the OS), the folk behind DirectX, running the longest running dedicating gaming online network in history and sitting on a whole host of popluar gaming IPs means that Microsoft is barely involved with gaming at all.
They’re practically on the scale of Devolver Digital right?

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Valve wouldn’t sell. I mean, why? They make so much money that there is nothing MS can offer to them. More money? I just don’t see it. Frankly, I also wouldn’t want MS to drag Half-Life through mud either.

EA though, I could see EA happening. That would give so many different franchises to MS and studios to work with which is what MS is sorely lacking. It’s not that they don’t want to make games but they have very few studios who can make AAA games. EA would be cool.
Please revive Mass Effect from the grave!

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deekay_plus

EA seems to large for an ms purchase but ehhhhhhhhhh

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But PUBG seems like a small one. So I’m shooting for the middle :DD

Also, EA makes the most sense to me. All those studios working on Xbox Exclusives. Imagin that. Battlefield 5 Xbox Exclusive. Need for Speed, Titan Fall, Mass Effect, ANTHEM, Dragon Age, oh the list goes on forever.

All of the sudden PS4 doesn’t have all that much to brag about.

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Armsbend

They bought Nokia in 2013 for 7B.

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noka is a helluva deal at 7b in a much larger way than EA might be. idk. >>

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Armsbend

Yeah that’s why I put it in. Of course it ended up being a disaster. I think they wrote it off.

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deekay_plus

not as much as you’d think based only on their windows phone efforts.

the patents nokia holds is worth that alone.

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Armsbend

So Gaben could finally take a permanent vacation and enjoy the money he’s made. That is why anyone sells – to stop working and be wealthy.

At this point MS would be a better developer of Valve games over Valve. Valve isn’t making any games and hasn’t for years.

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Why would PUBG Corp give up the chance to release PUBG on PS4 and Switch?

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shear

So they can just walk away from it with piles and piles of money… literally, piles.

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Jack Pipsam

I don’t think PUBG would come to the Switch tbh.

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Armsbend

I’d like to direct everyone towards this little back and forth between Sally and I a month or so ago:

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds reaches 3M concurrent players, promises polish and features for 2018

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“My bet is going to be Microsoft. They have a hit on the xbox with this game and they haven’t made a really big purchase since Minecraft and that was some time ago. They always have the money.”

I just wanted to point out how brilliant I am. And the most humble.

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this got a legit chuckle out of me.

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Polyanna

EA would be a fantastic acquisition if they keep the studios and shitcan the entire corporate executive staff. Mercy killing and act of kindness to the entire industry rolled up into one.

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Sally Bowls

Microsoft: everything seems to be about GaaS and online and cloud

1) MSFT’s latest acquisition is along those lines.
https://www.cnbc.com/2018/01/29/microsoft-acquires-playfab-cloud-gaming-start-up.html

2) It’s a Booty call!
http://www.businessinsider.com/minecraft-matt-booty-microsoft-studios-new-xbox-boss-2018-1

Booty’s job will be to execute Spencer’s strategy within the six studios, as part of a company-wide effort to juice up its global gaming strength.

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IMO, Valve makes the most sense. MSFT is pushing the MSFT store. Mobile gaming continues to grow and that means Apple and Google store are getting an increasing share of the gaming dollars. Valve is extremely dominant now, but long-term, if the players are Microsoft, Facebook, Amazon, Apple and Google those are all companies that can spend billions on acquisitions and advertising. Can Valve play in that league? Would Valve want to try versus taking some sure billions now?

IMO, EA would be the most interesting as nothing triggers the interwebs like a story with EA in it.

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valve’s costs are “extremely low” (alot due to lack of human reosurce and related costs) compared to those guys while their revenue is… if not comparable to those other players then doing very well.

while valve is more in line with the push towards the cloud… i think they would be too expensive an aquisition for ms. we’re talking tens of billions of dollars in the upper range here on the table to get valve’s stake holders to even sit with ms. steam plus valve’s hat economy games are massive money printing machines for them.

unless ofc… they’ve gotten bored. which is also quite possible. i mean they seem bored to me. like they don’t care all that much. and seems that way for a while. maybe they want to retire and go into the hipster beer brewing retirement thing.

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Try hundreds of billions. They got Minecraft for 6 bill which is only one property. We are talking about steam here as well as franchises such as Half-Life, Portal, and others.

Steam is worth a ludicrous amount of money and the only job steam has is to generate money. Valve won’t sell. If MS can offer another planet earth to Gabe, then maybe.

Although the boredom factor is likely, you still wouldn’t give it away for less than it’s worth.

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you suddenly reminded me of a bunch of old gaben jokes but i cba to tell any of them right now lol.

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also minecraft sale was 2billion

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You’re right, don’t know where I pulled 6 out of.

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Armsbend

Valve can’t play in that league. They have never made a major acquisition. They likely paid relative peanuts for DOTA.

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they don’t seem to want to tho. part of their thing is keeping their HR footprint tiny af. they never seem to want to take on anything more than small but potentially lucrative properties/teams/talent.

then gain they’re probably outsourcing a decent IT division along side their legal all while going on about how out how having a cs dept is not their style. XD

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Maybe they have been staying lean and mean all of these years looking for a buyer. It is possible. Likely even.

What a fit MS would be. They are in the same damn town!

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Melissa McDonald

Articles I have read suggest it’s EA. This is a good move for MS because it means Madden Football will launch first on Xbox. And other titles.

I think exclusives are overrated and bad for game companies generally speaking, so I don’t think we’ll see all that much of that sort of thing regardless.

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Meanwhile, Polygon has a report out this week speculating on bizarre but apparently well-sourced rumors that Microsoft is gearing up for a major acquisition. PUBG Corp is indeed on the list of possibilities, along with Electronic Arts and Valve.

pubg corporation/bluehole is a good size for what MS likes to buy historically (tho they are under relatively radical new leadership in recent years…) EA and especially valve seem far too large, adn valve just seems odd given gaben’s anti MS/windows FUDing the past several years.

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Melissa McDonald

Satya Nadella has run rings around Tim Cook. MS chose far better than Apple!

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angrakhan

Yes, as a person who owes a lot of his professional career to Microsoft, I’ve been very pleased with the direction Satya Nadella has taken the company. I was very happy to see Steve Ballmer go. Ballmer’s lack of foresight on smart phones alone should have cost him his job.

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ballmer is the kind of boss i wanna party with after a week of work, but also not the kind of guy i want helming the company my career is tied to. >>

and speaking of balmer i wonder if xbox division is turning a profit yet (not in terms of short term costs but in terms of the overall investment). i remember it being a massive black hole on their balance sheet.

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angrakhan

I don’t know about profitability but I recently purchased an Xbox One X for the family and I am very impressed with it. It’s a quality piece of hardware that ‘just works’. Haven’t had any issues out of it and it plays 4k games, streams 4k content, and plays 4k blue ray with one device. Seems to me the X should help MS claw back market share from the PS4. Nadella defended MS’s strategy around the xbox to shareholders in mid 2017 so I don’t think Xbox is going anywhere any time soon.

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deekay_plus

definitely been putting in teh ground work to make the right moves but remains to be seen how that plays out.

and ofc plenty of anti win10 FUD going around in general for w/e silly reasons.