Microsoft's acquiring Activision Blizzard for $68.7 billion

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Microsoft's planning to acquire Activision Blizzard for $68.7 billion

Microsoft's planning to acquire Activision, making Xbox a gaming juggernaut

Microsoft has announced that they plan to acquire Activision Blizzard as part of a deal that's worth $68.7 billion. This deal would bring Blizzard, Treyarch, Infinity Ward, Raven Software, Toys for Bob, Beenox, and High Moon Studios under the Microsoft Gaming banner, significantly expanding the power and reach of Microsoft's gaming arm. 

Below is what Microsoft has to say within their newest Press Release on the matter; 

     With three billion people actively playing games today and fueled by a new generation steeped in the joys of interactive entertainment, gaming is now the largest and fastest-growing form of entertainment. Today, Microsoft Corp. announced plans to acquire Activision Blizzard Inc., a leader in game development and interactive entertainment content publisher. This acquisition will accelerate the growth in Microsoft’s gaming business across mobile, PC, console and cloud and will provide building blocks for the metaverse.

When the transaction closes, Microsoft will become the world’s third-largest gaming company by revenue, behind Tencent and Sony. The planned acquisition includes iconic franchises from the Activision, Blizzard and King studios like “Warcraft,” “Diablo,” “Overwatch,” “Call of Duty” and “Candy Crush,” in addition to global eSports activities through Major League Gaming. The company has studios around the word with nearly 10,000 employees.

“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.”

Microsoft's planning to acquire Activision Blizzard for $68.7 billion 

While Microsoft's acquisition of Activision Blizzard is ongoing, both Microsoft and Activision Blizzard will operate independently, but after the deal closes, Activision Blizzard will report for report to Phil Spencer, the CEO of Microsoft Gaming. When this deal closes, Microsoft plans to bring many Activision Blizzard games to Xbox Game Pass and PC Game Pass, greatly expanding the subscription service's gaming catalogue. 

Activision Blizzard is the company behind Call of Duty, Warcraft, Candy Crush, Tony Hawk, Diablo, Overwatch, Spyro, Hearthstone, Guitar Hero, Crash Bandicoot, StarCraft and many more gaming IPs. This acquisition will be a huge boost for Microsoft and Xbox, but only if regulators approve the deal.

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18-01-2022, 14:36:40

KingNosser
Well I guess EA is the next logical step that they will be wanting they for sure are not going to stop trying at this stage.Quote

18-01-2022, 15:48:08

WYP
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Originally Posted by KingNosser View Post
Well I guess EA is the next logical step that they will be wanting they for sure are not going to stop trying at this stage.
If they get this past regulators, there isn't much to stop Microsoft trying for another major publisher.

I expect this deal to take a long time to close. Not sure what they would try next. EA would be a huge buy, as would Ubisoft, or Take-Two. Trying to think of other major publishers.

With the way Activision Blizzard is looking lately, there will be a lot of things that Microsoft will need to fix once this deal closes.Quote

18-01-2022, 16:01:21

AngryGoldfish
That's a lot of gamer skins.Quote

18-01-2022, 16:02:40

NeverBackDown
The only reason to make the offer is because of what is going on over at Activision. It's an easier sell and buy.

I really hope they don't allow this to go through. It would basically isolate an entire ecosystem of games to Xbox or PC both of which MS own.

Sony needs to start making moves. They are getting complacent again like they did with PS2 to PS3.Quote

18-01-2022, 16:07:48

Greenback
Be interesting to see if they make COD an exclusive, Interesting to see what they do with WOW and overwatchQuote
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