It was announced this morning that Microsoft will be acquiring Activision Blizzard for $69 billion in one of the biggest buy outs in gaming history. The tech giant is buying the publisher of some of the biggest titles in the industry.
Call of Duty, Warcraft, Diablo, Overwatch and Candy Crush will now be published by Microsoft once this deal goes through. Phil Spencer, Microsoft’s CEO of gaming, aims to expand Microsoft in their quest to take over the world and crush Sony into the ground.
It wasn’t too long ago when Microsoft bought Bethesda (ZeniMax Media) which publishes titles such as Starfield and Elder Scrolls. These companies which were thought of as giants in the gaming world are now another tool under Microsoft’s ever-growing belt. The Xbox Game Pass is seeming more and more irresistible with each studio that Microsoft conquers.
However, the last we heard of news about Activision’s Blizzard, it was due to an abundant amount of sexual harassment claims filed against the company and it’s management. Last year, the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) actually sued Activision Blizzard for promoting a culture of constant sexual harassment.
It’s unclear how Microsoft expects to resolve those issues and the plan for implementing this controversial company into it’s network but there is plenty of time for them to figure it out. The deal isn’t expected to go through until the end of the 2023 fiscal year.
So sit tight and think about buying that Xbox game pass because Microsoft is on the move.