Microsoft to Acquire Activision Blizzard in a Massive Deal Valued at $68.7 Billion

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Microsoft has decided to follow up its $7.5 billion acquisition of Bethesda with another major purchase that is sure to shake up the game industry.

As confirmed in multiple press releases shared by the companies today, Microsoft has agreed to acquire Activision Blizzard in an all-cash transaction valued at $68.7 billion. Activision Blizzard requires little introduction to gamers, as it’s the holding company behind iconic franchises such as Call of Duty and Warcraft.

“Gaming is the most dynamic and exciting category in entertainment across all platforms today and will play a key role in the development of metaverse platforms,” said Satya Nadella, chairman and CEO, Microsoft. “We’re investing deeply in world-class content, community and the cloud to usher in a new era of gaming that puts players and creators first and makes gaming safe, inclusive and accessible to all.”

“Players everywhere love Activision Blizzard games, and we believe the creative teams have their best work in front of them,” said Phil Spencer, CEO, Microsoft Gaming. “Together we will build a future where people can play the games they want, virtually anywhere they want.”

“For more than 30 years our incredibly talented teams have created some of the most successful games,” said Bobby Kotick, CEO, Activision Blizzard. “The combination of Activision Blizzard’s world-class talent and extraordinary franchises with Microsoft’s technology, distribution, access to talent, ambitious vision and shared commitment to gaming and inclusion will help ensure our continued success in an increasingly competitive industry.”

Microsoft’s latest acquisition is a major to boon to Xbox/PC Game Pass subscribers, as members of the game subscription service will be able to enjoy the newest games from Activision Blizzard on day one. Xbox Game Studios will comprise 30 internal development studios when the deal is finalized.

Source: Microsoft

Tsing Mui
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