Acquisition – Episode 343

In this episode, I bring you all the news I could find regarding Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard King. There was a lot of stuff to talk about, and I included some of my opinions about it. Towards the end of the show, Shawn (editor of Shattered Soulstone) weighs in with his opinions, and a discussion happens.

Things mentioned in this episode:

  • The Wall Street Journal posted an article titled: “Activision Blizzard Pushes Out Dozens of Employees Over Workplace Misconduct”.
  • The Wall Street Journal posted an article titled: “Activision Blizzard’s Workplace Problems Spurred $75 Billion Microsoft Deal”.
  • Microsoft posted news titled: “Microsoft to acquire Activision Blizzard to bring the joy and community of gaming to everyone, across every device”
  • XboxWire posted an article titled: “Welcoming the Incredible Teams and Legendary Franchises of Activision Blizzard to Microsoft Gaming”.
  • The Verge posted an article titled: “Over 30 Activision Blizzard employees have ‘exited’ since July, WSJ reports”
  • @Xbox posted a thread on Twitter that starts with: “Today is a historic moment”.
  • The Wall Street Journal posted an article titled: “Microsoft to Buy Activision Blizzard in All-Cast Deal Valued at $75 Billion”.
  • @ABK posted a thread on Twitter that started with: “The news of Activision’s acquisition by Microsoft is surprising, but does not change the goals of the ABK Worker’s Alliance.”
  • Jason Schreier (reporter for Bloomberg) posted a tweet with a screenshot of Bobby Kotick’s email to staff.
  • Kotaku posted an article titled: “Head of Microsoft Says He’s ‘Grateful’ for Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick’s ‘Commitment to Real Change’.
  • ABC News posted an article titled: “Microsoft to acquire gaming giant Activision Blizzard for $68.7 billion”.
  • The New York Times posted an article titled: “Microsoft will buy Activision Blizzard, betting $70 billion on the future of games”.
  • IGN posted an article titled: “Update: Bobby Kotick’s Future at Activision Blizzard After Xbox Acquisition Remains Unconfirmed”.
  • CODE-CWA posted a thread on Twitter about their thoughts regarding the acquisition.
  • Windows Central posted an editorial titled: “Microsoft is buying Activision Blizzard: What this means for Xbox and gamers in general”.
  • Forbes posted an article titled: “Activision Blizzard CEO Kotick Reportedly Leaving Company After Microsoft Deal Closes”
  • Polygon posted an article titled: “Labor Organizers say Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard won’t stop them”.
  • CNBC posted an article titled: “Sony shares tank over 12% after Microsoft and Activision’s $68.7 billion”.
  • Wowhead posted an article titled: “GamesBeat Interview with Bobby Kotick Explains Motives for Selling Activision Blizzard to Microsoft”.
  • The Washington Post posted an article titled: “Activision Blizzard CEO addresses employees on layoffs, potential departure in ‘fireside chat'”.
  • Activision posted an update on the Call of Duty website titled: “Update: An Ongoing Commitment to Improving Your Gameplay Experience”.
  • Blizzard posted news (written by Mike Ybarra) titled: “Putting our teams and players at the forefront of everything we do.”

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