Microsoft now owns MLG after Activision Blizzard Acquisition


Posted on October 13, 2023 by Tyler Nienburg

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October 13, 2023, will be remembered as the day Microsoft officially acquired Activision Blizzard bringing Call of Duty, Overwatch, Candy Crush, Guitar Hero, World of Warcraft, and many others to the Xbox family. Activision has owned countless IPs, but one that might go under the radar is MLG which Microsoft now owns.

Major League Gaming developed a strong presence in games like Halo, Call of Duty, and Gears of War. In January 2016, Activision Blizzard acquired them for $46 million. Sadly, the company hasn’t taken advantage of the esports brand and it hasn’t been used since the creation of the Call of Duty and Overwatch league which features franchised esports organizations.

A founding employee of MLG, Adam Apicella made a post on Twitter sharing his interest in helping the resurrection of the brand. Since the post was made it saw major attraction, but it’s tough to tell if Phil Spencer will respond.

This isn’t the first time Microsoft invested in competitive gaming, in 2020 they acquired what was once, Smash.gg and recently rebranded to Start.gg.

It’s pretty clear there are many options for what the team at Xbox wants to do, but with the Halo Championship Series still an ongoing thing it would be nice to see MLG make a return.

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Tyler ‘Tyboy’ Nienburg released Rectify Gaming back on December 17th, 2013.Feel free to contact the head of Rectify at Tyler@Rectifygaming.com

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