Microsoft has bought Activision-Blizzard, according to a statement on its official website. The information has come to light originally from the Wall Street Journal. This was reported by Jason Schreier, a Bloomberg journalist – and responsible for numerous similar leaks and information in the past:
BREAKING: The WSJ reports that Microsoft is buying Activision Blizzard, the troubled publisher behind Call of Duty and World of Warcraft, which has been facing crisis over the last year following numerous reports of sexual misconduct and discrimination. A seismic gaming deal
– Jason Schreier (@jasonschreier) January 18, 2022
Later, Microsoft itself has confirmed it on its official website. In this post we can read a statement explaining that the company responsible for IPs such as Call of Duty, Warcraft, Candy Crush, Tony Hawk, Diablo, Overwatch, Spyro, Hearthstone, Guitar Hero or Crash Bandicoot becomes part of Microsoft.
The sale has been closed for a $68 billion deal. “For many years, the studios and teams that make up Activision Blizzard have generated sources of happiness and respect for billions of people around the world. We are thrilled to have the opportunity to work with the incredible, talented and dedicated people at Activision Publishing, Blizzard Entertainment, Beenox, Demonware, Digital Legends, High Moon Studios, Infinity Ward, King, Major League Gaming, Radical Entertainment, Raven Software, Sledgehammer Games, Toys for Bob, Treyarch and all of the other Activision Blizzard teams.
The letter, signed by Phil Spencer, head of Xbox, notes that the transaction is not yet complete, and until then, Activision Blizzard and Microsoft Gaming will operate independently. Below is an organizational chart of what the company’s structure will look like from that point forward.
There is no sign of Bobby Kotick, the current head of Activision-Blizzard, on the new organizational chart. Kotick’s presence and Activision-Blizzard’s current situation is the inevitable elephant in the room. Activision-Blizzard has been, throughout 2021, immersed in various cases and investigations because of discrimination, harassment and sexual assault behaviors within the company. Last November, a Wall Street Journal report claimed that Kotick had been aware of the situation within the company for years, and had not only been complicit in it but had actively worked to cover it up.