Microsoft Gaming CEO Phil Spencer cannot be too involved about how the Activision acquisition goes, as a result of he is devoted over ten days of his life to getting each single achievement in Vampire Survivors, together with those in its Legacy of the Moonspell DLC. Spencer ticked off the Victory Sword achievement—held by a mere 4.74% of Xbox gamers at time of writing—final Sunday night, thereby ascending to the pantheon of S-Rank Vampire Survivors gamers and at last proving himself higher than me at enjoying videogames. Which was most likely his intention.

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Assuming we are able to take outdated Phil at his phrase, this additionally means he holds the coveted EXTRA: Chaos Malachite achievement, at the moment held by a mere 1.87% of gamers and the rarest one going (as far as I can inform). If you would like to translate these stats into one thing extra acquainted to the likes of you and me, the Victory Sword and Chaos Malachite achievements are held by 8.7% and a pair of.7% of Steam customers, respectively.

Spencer is an avowed Vampire Survivors fanatic who had already managed to clock in 233 hours of the game on Xbox by December 20 final yr. I have to imagine Spencer, in his place as Xbox suzerain, used entry to a pre-release model of the game to amass that hour depend. If he did not, then he by some means managed to search out 233 hours of spare time to dedicate to the game between its November 10 Xbox launch date and simply earlier than Christmas. Both that or sooner or later we’ll be taught that the largest videogame acquisition in historical past fell by means of as a result of considered one of its key executives acquired too distracted preventing Dracula.

Should you’re curious, Spencer is a garlic man, and he additionally wielded a King Bible, Santa Water, and a magic wand in his run to unlock the game’s last achievement. That is not every thing he used, thoughts you, however I actually do not even recognise the remainder of the weapons listed in his armoury within the screenshot he posted to Twitter. In equity to me, I’ve a paltry 20 hours in Vampire Survivors, not even 10% of Spencer’s complete.

As for the Activision acquisition, it continues to trudge by means of an usually tedious and typically absurd regulatory quagmire. Most just lately, the UK Competitors and Markets Authority urged that Activision Blizzard must be damaged up earlier than it could give the deal its stamp of approval, whereas the union organising Activision’s staff wrote to European regulators to induce them to provide the acquisition the green mild. In the meantime, Microsoft is working round signing 10-year offers with anybody and everybody to convey Activision’s video games to different platforms if the deal goes by means of in a determined bid to point out regulators it may be trusted to behave responsibly. No marvel Phil’s preserving his head down and levelling up the garlic.