Microsoft has announced a deal that will see them acquire Activision Blizzard and all its properties for $68.7 billion.
In a post subtitled “Creators of Call of Duty, Warcraft, Candy Crush, Tony Hawk, Diablo, Overwatch, Spyro, Hearthstone, Guitar Hero, Crash Bandicoot, StarCraft and more join Team Xbox”, Microsoft said the following:
As a team, we are on a mission to extend the joy and community of gaming to everyone on the planet. We all know that gaming is the most vibrant and dynamic form of entertainment worldwide and we’ve experienced the power of social connection and friendship that gaming makes possible.
As we pursue that mission, it is incredibly exciting to announce that Microsoft has agreed to acquire Activision Blizzard.
The move comes after an incredibly tumultuous year for Activision Blizzard, where over 1300 employees demanded CEO Bobby Kotick’s resignation after a slew of sexual harassment and employee mistreatment stories became public. In the blog post, Microsoft has posted a look at Microsoft Gaming’s leadership, and Kotick is nowhere to be found.
As a Mac World of Warcraft gamer, this news is pretty alarming, but Microsoft offers some assurance for people like me:
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