Microsoft confirmed the rumors that emerged in the early afternoon: Redmond’s home acquired Activision Blizzard and all the subsidiaries of the American company worth $95 per share for an estimated total of $68.7 billion from the WSJ.
The acquisition of Activision Blizzard will be completed in 2023 if the relevant bodies give their consent, as happened in the case of Zenimax and Bethesda. A gigantic acquisition that would allow Microsoft to take control of brands like Call of Duty, Crash Bandicoot and Blizzard’s intellectual properties such as Diablo, Starcraft, Overwatch and Warcraft, without forgetting the Franks
Studie come Beenox, Demonware, Digital Legends, High Moon Studios, Infinity Ward, King, Radical Entertainment, Raven Software, Sledgehammer Games, Toys
It is certainly a bomb destined to shake the video game market, all the IPs and franchises of Activision-Blizzard will pass then into the hands of Microsoft that will manage the future in total freedom. After Microsoft’s acquisition of Bethesda and Zenimax, Xbox adds the IPs of one of the world’s largest and most important publishers to its catalogue.