First Bethesda, now Activision Blizzard. Microsoft seems keen on owning a big portion of the gaming industry, having purchased the industry’s biggest companies in a span of a few years. This major acquisition comes in the midst of all of Activision Blizzard’s workplace scandals that are currently upending the industry in major ways. Microsoft addressed their plans for reforming the workplace culture of Activision Blizzard which unfortunately does not include the firing of complicit CEO Bobby Kotick, at least in the meantime.
With this acquisition, Microsoft will now be home to major gaming titles under the Activision Blizzard banner such as Overwatch, Starcraft, World of Warcraft, Call of Duty, and Candy Crush. The deal is expected to finalize in the fiscal year of 2023 so it still has ways to go.