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Microsoft to buy Activision Blizzard

Microsoft Corp is buying “Call of Duty” maker Activision Blizzard for US$68.7 billion in the biggest gaming industry deal in history as global technology giants stake their claims to a virtual future.

The deal announced by Microsoft on Tuesday, its biggest-ever and set to be the largest all-cash acquisition on record, will bolster its firepower in the booming videogaming market where it takes on leaders Tencent and Sony.

It also represents the American multinational’s bet on the “metaverse,” virtual online worlds where people can work, play and socialize, as many of its biggest competitors are already doing.

“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,” Microsoft Chief Executive Satya Nadella said.

Microsoft, one of the world’s biggest firms largely thanks to corporate software such as its Azure cloud computing platform and Outlook franchise, is offering US$95 per share — a 45 percent premium to Activision’s Friday close.

Shares of Activision, maker of games such as “Overwatch” and “Candy Crush,” were last up 26 percent at US$82.10, still a steep discount to the offer price, reflecting concerns the deal could get stuck in regulators’ crosshairs.

Microsoft has so far avoided the type of scrutiny faced by Google and Facebook but this deal, which would make it the world’s third largest gaming company, will put the Xbox maker on lawmakers’ radars, said Andre Barlow of the law firm Doyle, Barlow & Mazard PLLC. “Microsoft is already big in gaming,” he said.

However, a source familiar with the matter said Microsoft would pay a US$3 billion break-fee if the deal falls through, suggesting it is confident of winning antitrust approval.


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