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Microsoft plans to create its own Xbox mobile games platform and store

Following its nearly $70 billion acquisition of Activision Blizzard, Microsoft has revealed plans to create a mobile gaming platform and store for Xbox, The edge reported for the first time.

The news comes from a document filed with the UK Competition and Markets Authority (CMA), which is currently investigating the acquisition. In the filing, Microsoft described the background to the acquisition and how it plans to use Blizzard in the future.

The company said its merger with Blizzard would allow it to “create a next-gen games store that works across a range of devices, including mobile.”

“Building on Activision Blizzard’s existing gaming communities, Xbox will seek to evolve the Xbox Store to mobile, attracting gamers to a new Xbox mobile platform,” the filing continues.

Microsoft went on to say that it hopes “by providing well-known and popular content, gamers will be more inclined to try something new.”

The company will rely on some of the most popular titles developed by Blizzard and its subsidiary King, such as Call of Duty: Mobile and candy Crushin order to attract users and increase its gaming and advertising revenue.

The decision to potentially launch a mobile store builds on Xbox Cloud Gaming’s increased support on new handheld consoles, but Xbox has yet to establish a strong presence in mobile gaming.

Despite the tantalizing titles it may offer, the new Xbox mobile store will still have to compete with Google Play and, more importantly, Apple’s App Store.

In other gaming news, Sony’s DualSense Edge PS5 wireless controller will make its world debut in January.