While the price may be arguably a bit too much, this is undoubtedly a good thing. Xbox is one of the more consumer-friendly AAA studios, with consistently good titles and support to smaller studios for which they publish games, whereas Activision-Blizzard is the polar opposite, lootboxes and annoying, unnecessary micro-transactions and cash-grabby annual copy-pasted games (you know which franchise I'm talking about). Not to mention the fact that their anti-employee practises with several cases of workplace harassment popping up recently.
After the agressive monetization of Minecraft, I wouldn't hold my breath they will not do the same with these behemoth aquisitions.
And that folks, is the way S̶p̶y̶w̶a̶r̶e̶ (Oopsy!) Telemetry (TM) + your customers doing the beta tester work can produce 70B to acquire Activision-Blizzard.
I seem to recall reading somewhere, sometime that Microsoft was the biggest raw data miner, even above Google.
Remember when the US government broke up Microsoft back in 2000 for becoming dominating in the computer marketplace? Yeah, they won't allow MS to buy Acti-Blizz because it will end the same way with MS becoming the dominating force in the computer games marketplace.
Remember the issues Microsoft had when because Office and Internet Explorer?
These are other times and most od these issues can be countered somehow, look at Android...
Mix telemetry + monetization + default uninstallable programs + ecosystem + friendly low monthly rent payments and welcome to their innocent & shy fair play competition...
The really good thing is M$ embrace the open source thing... who don't: They are monetizing the github source code while the creators... keep coding and uploading for free...
Challenging times for people not living on the $billions world.