Activision Blizzard

European Commission to investigate Microsoft’s Activision Blizzard takeover

The European Commission is to conduct an “in-depth investigation” into Microsoft’s $69 billion acquisition of gaming company Activision Blizzard. The EU body started exploring the deal in September, but has now decided a deeper investigation is necessary. Under EU rules, the commission now has 90 working days to research the deal and come up with […]

EU quizzes game devs on Microsoft-Activision deal

The EU’s antitrust regulators have sent a questionnaire to game developers inquiring whether Microsoft’s planned acquisition of Activision Blizzard would be incentivised to block rivals’ access to titles such as Call of Duty and Overwatch. The US$69 billion deal was announced in January 2022, and would represent the largest-ever acquisition made by Microsoft and the […]

Microsoft’s US$69 billion Activision Blizzard deal would ‘harm rivals’ says CMA

Microsoft’s proposed US$69 billion deal to acquire Activision Blizzard has hit a roadblock, with the UK’s Competitions and Markets Authority (CMA) raising concerns over the takeover. The deal, announced in January, would represent Microsoft’s largest ever acquisition, more than double the US$26 billion the company paid for LinkedIn in 2016, and would be the biggest […]

CMA to examine US$70 billion Microsoft-Activision Blizzard deal 

The UK’s antitrust watchdog has announced an investigation into Microsoft’s $68.7 billion takeover of Call of Duty and World of Warcraft publisher Activision Blizzard. The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has set a deadline of September 1 to determine whether the takeover would reduce competition in the UK, with the takeover set to be the […]

FTC set to review Microsoft-Activision Blizzard deal

The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is set to review Microsoft’s US$68.7 billion acquisition of Activision Blizzard. According to Bloomberg, the FTC has been handed the antitrust review of the deal. The decision is noteworthy due to the FTC’s recent more aggressive stance towards mega mergers in the media and tech sectors under chair Lina […]

Microsoft to buy Call of Duty publisher Activision Blizzard in US$70 billion deal

Microsoft has announced a deal to acquire game publisher Activision Blizzard for US$68.7 billion. The deal represents Microsoft’s largest ever acquisition, and is more than double the US$26 billion the company paid for LinkedIn in 2016. Microsoft said that it would utilise the publisher’s games to boost its Game Pass subscription service, with Activision Blizzard […]

Activision Blizzard sues Netflix over poaching of CFO

Activision Blizzard, the game publisher behind such titles as Call of Duty and World of Warcraft, has sued Netflix over allegations of poaching its execs. The publisher has filed a lawsuit over Netflix’s hiring of Spencer Neumann, its chief financial officer. Activision said that Netflix first approached Neumann in late 2018, with a view to […]

YouTube-Activision Blizzard deal valued at US$160 million by report

The multi-year esports partnership between Activision Blizzard and Google’s YouTube has been valued at US$160 million. According to sources cited by Sports Business Journal, that value includes all of the esports properties involved (Call of Duty, Overwatch and Hearthstone) over three years. By contrast, the publisher’s previous deal with Twitch for the Overwatch League alone […]

Google signs exclusive YouTube deal with Activision Blizzard for esports tournaments

In a major esports coup, Google has entered into an exclusive multi-year partnership with Activision Blizzard, publisher of titles like Overwatch and the Call of Duty series. Along with Google acting as the hosting and technical supplier to the publisher, the deal will see YouTube be the exclusive streaming platform for Activision Blizzard’s esports tournaments, […]

Report: Netflix to appoint Activision Blizzard CFO

Netflix is set to name Activision Blizzard’s chief financial officer, Spencer Neumann, as the successor to its outgoing CFO David Wells, according to Reuters. The Reuters report, which cites a source familiar with the matter, claims that Neumann will take up his new post in early 2019, with an announcement expected from Netflix this week. The […]