Microsoft Buying Activision Blizzard – Deal Rationales, Notable Risks & Potential Industry Impact

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Former general manager at Microsoft Corp


  • Pending purchase of Activision Blizzard (NASDAQ: ATVI) by Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) and rationales for the acquisition, including more exclusive first-party games, Xbox and Game Pass opportunities, and metaverse possibilities
  • Combination risk factors – legal and regulatory considerations and company culture challenges in light of Activision’s corporate issues
  • Potential industry impacts such as competitive responses and more M&A activity, highlighting companies such as Sony (NYSE: SNE) Take-Two (NASDAQ: TTWO) and Tencent (HKG: 0700) and its major gaming subsidiaries


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