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 4 months ago '18        #1
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Activision/Blizzard Misconduct prompted M$ acquisition; almost sold to Meta
 

 
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Microsoft‘s acquisition of Activision Blizzard apparently came about due to the misconduct allegations against the latter.

A new report from Bloomberg has detailed some of the behind the scenes actions that are said to have taken place regarding the Activision Blizzard acquisition. According to the report, when the news broke of misconduct allegations at Activision Blizzard from The Wall Street Journal, Microsoft Corp. senior executives suggested Xbox head Phil Spencer should go into talks with Activision CEO Bobby Kotick.

Spencer and Microsoft had two goals. The first was apparently to offer support to Activision Blizzard, and to make it clear that Microsoft was concerned about the allegations against the company. At the time of the allegations, now former Blizzard president J. Allen Brack sent an email to staff addressing the situation, saying “The allegations and the hurt of current and former employees are extremely troubling…”

While I can’t comment on the specifics of the case as it’s an open investigation, what I can say is that the behaviour detailed in the allegations is completely unacceptable.”

Activision Blizzard executive Fran Townsend responded differently, denying the allegations in an email to staff saying “A recently filed lawsuit presented a distorted and untrue picture of our company, including factually incorrect, old, and out of context stories – some from more than a decade ago.”

Microsoft’s second supposed goal was to guarantee that they would be in a position to acquire Activision Blizzard, should the company be interested in selling.

The month following The WSJ report, Activision Blizzard stock dropped by about 15%, but Kotick and the board weren’t immediately sold on being acquired by Microsoft, according to sources that spoke with Bloomberg. Activision apparently looked for other interested parties, including Facebook parent company Meta, and at least one other large company.

Microsoft apparently backed off when it became clear Activision weren’t entirely convinced, but obviously conversations continued at a later date. A majority of the merger talks took place between Spencer and Kotick, though Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella was involved where necessary.

Nadella had apparently been looking for a large-scale acquisition since the summer of 2020 that would provide Microsoft with an established group of consumers. With Activision Blizzard also owning mobile developer King, the acquisition became a perfect fit for Microsoft.

Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision was announced January 18, the latest story that puts Activision Blizzard in the spotlight. It’s currently unclear if Kotick is staying on as CEO, and he has declined to comment on the matter.



Looks like this was Nadella's wish... goes to show just how much faith Microsoft has in building Gamepass.
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 4 months ago '17        #2
SPdaGOAT  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x7
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Duh lmfao.

I think it’s funny Phil was sh*tting on Activision a couple weeks ago just for them to get signed and Nadella to sing Kotick’s praises lmfao. I don’t want to talk about that tho, we celebrating
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 4 months ago '18        #3
Lord God  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x15 OP
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Thank God they didn't sell to Zuckerfu*k.
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Top 10 most slapped recently  4 months ago '20        #4
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Gaming world should happy about this acquisition honestly Activision would have stayed dog shxt under Facebook.

Ain’t Javi told me Phil wasn’t a key part in M$ talks.. Uncle Phil be in the rooms lil n*gga

#inphilwetrust
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 4 months ago '17        #5
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 5ive04our said
Gaming world should happy about this acquisition honestly Activision would have stayed dog shxt under Facebook.

Ain’t Javi told me Phil wasn’t a key part in M$ talks.. Uncle Phil be in the rooms lil n*gga

#inphilwetrust
Phil was dissing the CEO of Activision a few weeks ago and the real boss at Microsoft is praising him
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Top 10 most slapped recently  4 months ago '20        #6
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 SPdaGOAT said
Phil was dissing the CEO of Activision a few weeks ago and the real boss at Microsoft is praising him


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 4 months ago '04        #7
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Sony and Nintendo fans should be thankful that Microsoft entered console gaming 20 years ago shown they're serious about console gaming and has the money to fend off Google, Tencent, Amazon and Facebook

Google and Amazon give up on sh*t halfway all the time...They coulda easily bought some of these companies, not know what to do with them and gave up on them quick

Tencent is a giant Chinese company probably all intertwined with the Chinese government

Facebook wouldn't know what to do with Activision
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 4 months ago '17        #8
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 Liquid-Science said
Sony and Nintendo fans should be thankful that Microsoft entered console gaming 20 years ago shown they're serious about console gaming and has the money to fend off Google, Tencent, Amazon and Facebook

Google and Amazon give up on sh*t halfway all the time...They coulda easily bought some of these companies, not know what to do with them and gave up on them quick

Tencent is a giant Chinese company probably all intertwined with the Chinese government

Facebook wouldn't know what to do with Activision
Sony and Nintendo fans probably not worried about what lackluster gaming companies are doing tbh.

I hope y’all get EA and Ubisoft next to keep that mid off them platforms. That’s the only thing we thankful for
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 4 months ago '17        #9
SPdaGOAT  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x7
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You n*ggas deadass begging for validation lmfao. When will gamepass be enough satisfaction?
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 4 months ago '05        #10
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 4 months ago '10        #11
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I forgot that happened and was confused when I saw they make over 9 Billion a year.

 4 months ago '04        #12
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Yesterday I was joking about how Microsoft leaked all that sh*t about Bobby Kotick's misconduct so they could buy Activision

Someone on twitter pointed out how Mike Ybarra and Rod Ferguson, a long time MS employee went over to Activision late 2020 and said it was a sign that MS was about to buy Activision...This sh*t coulda really been a set up...Like when Avon planted the drugs on that CO and then told on his a*s so he could get outta prison


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 4 months ago '19        #13
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 SPdaGOAT said
You n*ggas deadass begging for validation lmfao. When will gamepass be enough satisfaction?
It already is. Everything else is just extra
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 4 months ago '17        #14
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 SlimKenobi said
It already is. Everything else is just extra
So why y’all still be here all day everyday trying to convince people that don’t want gamepass to get it?

I’m a satisfied customer myself and I feel like y’all be tryna convince me

 4 months ago '14        #15
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It’s very possible that this acquisition k*lls the Stadia.



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