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US: Microsoft buys game developer Activision Blizzard

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Microsoft (Bild: Microsoft) © Provided by Silicon Microsoft (Image: Microsoft) The price amounts to $ 68.7 billion. Microsoft thus rises to the third largest gaming provider worldwide. The gaming division will in future be under the direction of Phil Spencer.

Microsoft has announced the largest acquisition of its history . The software konzern plans to take over Activision Blizzard for $ 68.7 billion. According to the company, the goal is to strengthen the gaming division in the areas of Mobile, PC, Console and Cloud.

Activision Blizzard's portfolio includes titles such as Call of Duty, Candy Crush, Warcraft, Diablo, Overwatch and Hearthstone. Under the transaction, Microsoft also takes over almost 10,000 players of the game developer. In addition, Microsoft also rises in the ESPORTS area via the Major League Gaming area.

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According to enterprises, Activision Blizzard is subject to Phil Spencer, which will hold the post of CEO of Microsoft Gaming after completion of the transaction. In terms of sales, Microsoft will also be the world's third largest gaming provider, behind Tencent and Sony.

Microsoft also announced that Games of Activision Blizzard will continue to flow in Microsoft Game Pass in the future. The service currently has around 25 million subscribers. Activision Blizzard, however, counts almost 400 million active players. The software concerts added that after completing the takeover, he will talk about 30 internal development studios for games.

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