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Microsoft Will Buy Activision for $69 Billion

Reuters reports that on the 18th of January, a slew of high-profile Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O) is buying Activision Blizzard (ATVI.O) for $68.7 billion in the largest game industry deal in history, as global technology giants stake their claims to a virtual future..

In the expanding videogame market where Tencent (0700.HK) and Sony are dominant, Microsoft’s announcement of its largest-ever deal, which is expected to be the largest all-cash acquisition ever, will give it an edge (6758.T).

Microsoft Will Buy Activision for $69 Billion
Microsoft Will Buy Activision for $69 Billion

As many of its major rivals are already doing, it also marks the American multinational’s bet on the “metaverse,” virtual online worlds where people may work, play, and interact. to read more

When it comes to entertainment, “gaming is the most dynamic and interesting area across all platforms today,” Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella stated.

Azure cloud computing platform and Outlook franchise have made Microsoft one of the biggest corporations in the world. Microsoft is now proposing $95 per share, a 45 percent premium to Activision’s Friday close.

As of the most recent trading, Activision’s shares were up 26% to $82.10, a significant discount to the offer price, underscoring investor concerns that this acquisition could become entangled in the sights of regulators.

Though it has escaped scrutiny like Google and Facebook, Microsoft’s acquisition of the world’s third-largest video game company, Electronic Arts, would put it on lawmakers’ radar screens, according to Andre Barlow of the legal firm Doyle Barlow and Mazard PLLC.

“Microsoft is already a major player in the game industry,” he remarked.

If the deal falls through, Microsoft will pay a $3 billion break-fee, which suggests that the company is confident in its ability to secure approval from antitrust authorities.

Shares of the tech giant were down 1.9 percent at the time of this writing.

‘Overwatch’ and ‘Candy Crush’ developer Activision is struggling right now, which makes the deal all the more significant. For more than a year, its stock had fallen more than 37 percent, dragged down by allegations of sexual harassment and other misbehaviour by a number of its top executives.

On Monday, the business claimed it has dismissed or pushed out more than three dozen employees and reprimanded another 40 since July in response to such allegations.

An insider said Activision CEO Bobby Kotick, who stated Microsoft approached him about a prospective takeover, will continue to lead the company once the deal closes, although he is likely to step down after the transaction is completed.

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella did not mention the incident during a conference call with investors, instead focusing on the importance of company culture.

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At the Paris Games Week (PGW), a video game trade show in Paris, France, players play Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 on October 25, 2018. Images courtesy of REUTERS

“The success of this acquisition will rely on Activision Blizzard driving forward on its renewed cultural commitments,” he stated.

Arms Race Against the Cosmos.

Newzoo, a data analytics organisation, believes that the global gaming market produced $180.3 billion in revenues in 2021, and expects that to expand to $218.8 billion by 2024..

Microsoft Will Buy Activision for $69 Billion
Microsoft Will Buy Activision for $69 Billion

As one of the three major console manufacturers, Microsoft already has a strong foothold in the market. In recent years, it has made multi-billion-dollar acquisitions, including the purchase of “Minecraft” maker Mojang Studios and Zenimax.

More than 25 million people have signed up for its famous cloud gaming service since it started.

Microsoft had a 6.5 percent stake of the gaming market in 2020, according to Newzoo, and Activision would have given it a 10.7 percent share.

It’s a common refrain from Microsoft executives that Activision’s 400 million monthly active players are a big selling point for Microsoft’s multiple metaverse endeavours.

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Microsoft’s Xbox gaming platform may have an advantage over Sony’s Playstation because of Activision’s extensive library of exclusive games.

Analyst Sophie Lund-Yates at Hargreaves Lansdown says Microsoft’s substantial offer “comes out swinging” in the face of Netflix’s already-stated desire to enter the gaming market.

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Activision’s 2021 earnings before interest, tax, depreciation, and amortisation are multiplied by 18 in Microsoft’s offer (EBITDA). In comparison, Take-Two Interactive (TTWO.O) paid 16 times EBITDA for Zynga last week in a cash-and-shares deal for “Grand Theft Auto” producer Take-Two Interactive.

In terms of all-cash acquisitions, Microsoft-Activision would surpass Bayer’s $63.9 billion for Monsanto in 2016 and InBev’s $60.4 billion for Anheuser-Busch in 2008.

The so-called “metaverse” has been a hot topic in the tech industry since Facebook renamed itself as Meta Platforms to better reflect its virtual reality business late last year.

David Wagner, an equity analyst and portfolio manager at Aptus Capital Advisors, said: “This is a huge purchase for consumers and more significantly, Microsoft acquiring Activision truly launches the metaverse arms race.”

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Although he expressed confidence that the purchase would go through, he warned that regulators would closely scrutinise the agreement.

Extraordinary reporting by Subrat Patnaik, Supantha Mukherjee and Supantha Mukherjee; Additional reporting by Ankur Banerjee and Eva Mathews in Bangalore; Kenneth Li and Krystal Hu and Greg Roumeliotis in New York; Writing by Pravin Char; Editing by Carmel Crimmins, Mark Potter & Lisa Shumaker.

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