It’s a watershed moment for the video games industry.
On January 18, 2022, Microsoft announced that it plans to purchase Activision Blizzard, the publisher of the Call of Duty series, Overwatch, and Candy Crush.
The multibillion-dollar deal is expected to go through in 2023, at which point all Activision Blizzard franchises will be considered first-party Microsoft games.
Here are 7 staggering numbers that explain the Activision Blizzard deal.
It's the biggest acquisition in the video games industry. Ever.
The number of employees who work for Activision-Blizzard worldwide.
The number of monthly active players Activision Blizzard titles.
As part of the announcement, Microsoft revealed Xbox Game Pass as reached over 25 million subscribers.
Following the acquisition of Activision Blizzard, Microsoft will have 30 internal game development studios under its belt such as Bethesda, Ninja Theory, and 343 Industries.
In 2021, Activision Blizzard agreed to an $18 million settlement over harassment, discrimination, and sexual misconduct in the workplace.
Over 200 Activision Blizzard employees have been on strike for more than a month.