Microsoft To Acquire Activision Blizzard: Microsoft has announced it will purchase Activision Blizzard for $68.7 billion in a cash-only deal to be a significant player in creating and developing the metaverse platform.
This comes after Microsoft’s massive purchase of Bethesda before.
This means that Microsoft owns Call of Duty, World of Warcraft, Candy Crush, Tony Hawk, Diablo, Overwatch, Spyro, Hearthstone, Guitar Hero, Crash Bandicoot, StarCraft, and numerous other franchises.
This is probably the biggest purchase of the gaming industry in the past few years, if ever.
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The acquisition includes Activision Publishing, Blizzard Entertainment, Beenox, Demonware, Digital Legends, High Moon Studios, Infinity Ward, King, Major League Gaming, Radical Entertainment, Raven Software, Sledgehammer Games, Toys for Bob, Treyarch, and every team from Activision Blizzard.
According to the plan, King is also a component of this deal, which means that Candy Crush is now a Microsoft game.
Microsoft has announced that several Activision Blizzard titles will soon be included in Xbox Game Pass and PC Game Pass with this purchase.
This is a significant blow to Sony’s confidence, considering the extent to which Sony has sold Call of Duty through its deals over the last few years.
It will be fascinating to see if Microsoft utilizes King to introduce its games to mobile platforms shortly.
At the moment, I’m still a bit stunned by this announcement, and it’s a big deal for all gamers on Xbox and the business in general.
It is still to be seen how the projects currently in development roll out and how Microsoft incorporates Activision Blizzard into its new ones that are coming up.
Do you view this acquisition, and how do you feel it will impact gaming over the coming years?