Remember when Activision Blizzard acquired King for the measly amount of $5.9 billion? For many, that purchase was Activision’s attempt to get access to King’s huge player base and to set a foot firmly intp the mobile space. If recent news is accurate, we might have peeked into Activision’s future mobile plans, and they sound very intriguing. Specifically, during Activision’s recent financial conference call, King’s CEO, Riccardo Zacconi, talked about the future of his company after the Activision acquisition, and what he said was quite interesting. According to Zacconi, Activision wants to develop more mobile games based on its many popular franchises and use King’s expertise and huge player base to make the leap over to mobile.
Apparently, Zacconi stated that his company has started conversations with both Activision and Blizzard to explore opportunities for bringing top performing console and PC IPs into the mobile space. In case you don’t know Activision’s franchises, we are talking about games like Diablo, Starcraft, Overwatch, and more. I don’t expect to see full ports of these games on mobile anytime soon (though the Call of Duty mobile games weren’t bad at all), but who wouldn’t want a match-3 Diablo game? Jokes aside, I’m very interested to see what we might get in the future. If Activision didn’t have some type of solid plans for mobile, it wouldn’t have paid almost 6 billion for King. So, we’ll see what the future holds.