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Shacknews Dump – January 21, 2022

On this week’s Dump, we have a lot of high-fiber news to discuss. After all, it’s not every week Microsoft buys Activision Blizzard for $70 billion.

Boy howdy, what a week right? We here at the Shacknews Dump pride ourselves upon being able to pack in even the most monumental of news stories throughout the week, but even we’re cramping up on just how big the stories were this week. Join us as we try to power through and discuss Microsoft buying Activision Blizzard and so much more!

On this January 21 edition of the Shacknews Dump, the elephant in the room cannot go unaddressed. Microsoft closing in on a deal to acquire Activision Blizzard has implications that will likely shake the gaming industry this year and for years to come. It’s not the only thing that happened though. Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga finally has a release date, but only after some intense crunch. In lighter news, AGDQ 2022 broke donation records during the course of the speedrunning event.

Join us as we talk about these and further news stories on the Shacknews Dump, going live on the Shacknews Twitch channel at 1:40 p.m. PT / 4:40 p.m. ET. You can also watch just below.

Here’s the rundown of topics on today’s Shacknews Dump:

  • Microsoft to acquire Activision Blizzard for nearly $70 billion
  • Kotick claims Overwatch 2 & Diablo 4 delays affected ATVI stock more than abuse lawsuit
  • LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga devs report crunch at TT Games
  • Dragon Age producer Mark Darrah slams ‘BioWare magic’ as a process of crunch
  • Nintendo’s original headquarters to reopen as Marufukuro hotel
  • Windjammers 2 review: Big swingin’ discs
  • Rainbow Six Extraction review: Invasion tactics
  • Nobody Saves the World review: I need a hero
  • Awesome Games Done Quick 2022 Online raises record-breaking $3.41 million

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Microsoft spent a lot of money on Activision Blizzard this week. Will it really pay off in the end? Join us as we discuss that and other hot news stories on this week’s Shacknews Dump shortly.