Microsoft has announced its decision to acquire Activision Blizzard – the publisher of Overwatch, Call of Duty, World of Warcraft and Diablo – for $68.7 billion. In addition, Microsoft notes that after the closing of the deal, it will become “the world’s third largest gaming company in terms of revenue after Tencent and Sony.”
Microsoft also announced that it plans to add Activision games to Xbox Game Pass. And this, for a moment, can be titles of such world-famous franchises as Warcraft, Diablo, Overwatch, Call of Duty and Candy Crush.
“After the deal closes, we will add as many Activision Blizzard games as possible to Xbox Game Pass and PC Game Pass, including new titles and games from Activision Blizzard’s incredible catalog,” said Phil Spencer, CEO of Microsoft Gaming.
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As a result of the deal, Microsoft will receive the following studios:
- —Blizzard Entertainment
- —Digital Legends
- —High Moon Studios
- Infinity Ward
- —Major League Gaming (MLG)
- —Radical Entertainment
- —Raven Software
- Sledgehammer Games
- Toys for Bob
In addition, Microsoft announced that the number of Game Pass subscribers has reached 25 million. However, it is not yet very clear how Microsoft plans to solve the various problems that Blizzard has been plagued with recently. According to Phil Spencer, CEO of Microsoft Gaming, he will be closely monitoring the workflow at Activision Blizzard.
“Microsoft is committed to inclusion in every aspect of gaming, for employees and players alike,” Spencer added. “We deeply appreciate the cultures of communication and interaction that have developed in individual studios. But we also believe that creative success and autonomy go hand in hand with treating everyone with respect. We require our teams and their leaders to adhere to this principle. We look forward to seeing our culture of proactive inclusion embraced by the great teams that make up Activision Blizzard.”