What games does Activision Blizzard make? Microsoft to buy firm for $68.7bn

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Microsoft has announced it is set to acquire Activision Blizzard, which publishes some of the world’s biggest game franchises, for $68.7 billion.

Microsoft confirmed the all-cash bid in a blog post shared on its website – but what games does Activision Blizzard make?

Here’s what you need to know…

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Microsoft set to buy Activision Blizzard

Microsoft is set to pay almost $70 billion in an all-cash deal to acquire Santa Monica-based video game holding company Activision Blizzard.

The announcement was made on Tuesday (January 18th) in a press release in which Satya Nadella, chairman and chief executive of Microsoft, said: “Gaming is the most dynamic and exciting category in entertainment across all platforms today and will play a key role in the development of metaverse platforms.

“We’re investing deeply in world-class content, community and the cloud to usher in a new era of gaming that puts players and creators first and makes gaming safe, inclusive and accessible to all.”

The blog post stated Bobby Kotick would continue as chief executive of Activision Blizzard to oversee the work of 30 internal game development studios.

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What games does Activision Blizzard make?

Activision Blizzard is a game development and publisher of iconic franchises such as Call Of Duty, World Of Warcraft and Candy Crush.

Other popular games from the company include Overwatch, Diablo, Crash Bandicoot, Guitar Hero, Tony Hawk’s and Spyro/Skylanders. The company has studios around the world and employs almost 10,000 staff.

The deal, subject to approval by regulators, would see Microsoft become the third-largest gaming publisher on the planet after Tencent and Sony.

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Company history explored

Activision Blizzard was created following a merger between Activision and Vivendi Games in July 2008.

In 2018, the company was divided into three main segments – Activision Publishing, Blizzard Entertainment, and King.

The first segment handles development, production and distribution of video games from its subsidiary studios, while Blizzard Entertainment manages the same sectors for Blizzard’s games.

King manages the development and distribution of the company’s mobile games.

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