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Microsoft finally bought Activision Blizzard for $69 billion

Microsoft finally bought Activision Blizzard for $69 billion

Roy Basilar

October 14, 2023, at 09:00

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The week will see Activision Blizzard acquire a sum of 69 billion dollars By Microsoft. It’s one of the most serious boosts to the Xbox ecosystem in recent years and promises to send shockwaves throughout the industry the games.

Although the matter was not without criticism and some obstacles that were overcome, the Redmond giant was finally able to achieve the deal that it had been instigating for two years. It’s now official that Blizzard actually belongs to the company led by Satya Nadella.

Microsoft (finally) confirms its acquisition of Activision Blizzard

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Microsoft’s intention to acquire Activision Blizzard sparked some controversy from the beginning, especially with Sony. This is because Microsoft and its entire Xbox ecosystem may deprive the PlayStation ecosystem of many popular titles.

This was (also) the reason why several regulatory entities in the USA, EU and UK were called in to comment on the business. But now, with the final approval already received, the deal is official.

“Today is a good day to play,” says Phil Spencer, CEO of Microsoft Gaming.

See, for example, the post by Phil Spencer, CEO of Microsoft Gaming, who announced the news on his account on the social network X. The post is succinct, stating that “today is a good day to play.”

The company is very excited about this acquisition, telling the press that “Everyone knows how important gaming is to Microsoft. We play, we innovate, and we also know what it means for each individual and for this real community“.

So, Microsoft and the entire Xbox world have officially welcomed Activision Blizzard and all the teams that are part of it. By the way, we remember some of the most famous and famous games in the history of video games for consoles, PC and mobile devices.

by cloudsAnd mobile devices and consoles, the world of Xbox has grown!

Whether you play on Xbox, PlayStation, Nintendo, PC or mobile, you’re always welcome here – even if Xbox isn’t where you play your favorite franchise. Because when everyone plays, we all win. https://t.co/KBCESknYYh

– Phil Spencer (@XboxP3) October 13, 2023

Entering the world of Xbox, we’ll have everything from Pitfall to Call of Duty, from World of Warcraft to Overwatch, from the Candy Crush Saga to the Farm Heroes Saga. Across the board, Activision Blizzard Studios has pushed the boundaries of gaming for players around the world, and is now working to enrich the Xbox product.

As Microsoft itself confirms, now together, it will be possible to create new worlds and new stories, taking games to more and more places so that more players can participate and enjoy. This is done either through mobile devices or from the cloud.

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By the way, we also remember some of Microsoft’s biggest acquisitions to date:

  • Activision Blizzard: 68.7 billion dollars
  • LinkedIn: 26.2 billion dollars
  • a small difference: 19.7 billion dollars
  • Skype: 8.5 billion dollars
  • Zenimax: 7.5 billion dollars
  • github: 7.5 billion dollars
  • Nokia (Smartphone division): $7.2 billion
  • aQuantive: 6.3 billion dollars
  • Mojang (Minecraft): $2.5 billion

Microsoft’s Game Pass service will be one of the most benefited

Although Sony’s superiority in selling physical hardware, namely its PlayStation, is currently undeniable, it is certain that with this acquisition of Activision, services like Microsoft’s Game Pass will benefit greatly.

Regarding this acquisition, Brad Smith, President of Microsoft, commented: “Our significant investment to acquire Activision Blizzard reinforces our resolve to eliminate this friction on behalf of creators and players.”

“We want to ensure global content is more easily accessible to all players on any platform,” Smith added.

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