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Microsoft does really like to pull surprising moves out of nowhere. A series of somewhat disappointing press conferences for announcing the new Xbox series as well as the announcement of “exclusives” (if you could count any good ones among them) – Xbox hasn’t been on a high note of late. All of that changes within a fortnight when they announced the acquisition of Zenimax Media, Bethesda’s parent group, for a whopping $7.5 billion. The announcement of future Bethesda games being exclusive to the Xbox and the PC had mixed reactions from the gaming community, but a very favorable response from shareholders. However, it doesn’t seem like they are done with the “big announcements” as of yet.

The new Xbox gaming app has a new tab added to it that allows players to import friends from Facebook as well as Steam. It’s intriguing that the app would allow importing friends from a storefront that seems to be a rival for the PC platform. Big announcements about some sort of “partnership” with Steam might be coming soon – probably with some “clause” that makes the community go “Wow”. There have been rumors that Microsoft does have more news to share with the community, including one more big-ticket acquisition. It must be noted that Microsoft had agreed to publish Halo: the Master Chief Collection on both Steam as well as the Xbox Game Store – so a “bigger” partnership can just be an extension of this deal only.

Do take the news with a pinch of salt – it might be a rumor at best and over-speculation at worst.

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