IT House reported on February 1 that the United States will conduct an antitrust review of Microsoft's plans to acquire Activision Blizzard.
According to Bloomberg, people familiar with the matter said that the antitrust review of Microsoft's proposed acquisition of Activision Blizzard will be the responsibility of the Federal Trade Commission, handing the deal over to a more aggressive oversight agency.
Microsoft recently announced plans to acquire Activision Blizzard, a publisher of game development and interactive entertainment content, for $95 per share in cash, for a total transaction value of approximately $68.7 billion (Microsoft's fiscal 21 revenue was $168.1 billion and net profit was $61.2 billion). It was the largest acquisition Microsoft has ever made, making it the world's third-largest gaming company, behind Tencent and Sony Interactive Entertainment.
Subsequently, Microsoft game director Phil Spencer confirmed in a statement that Xbox has agreed to acquire Activision Blizzard, and they now have IP such as Call of Duty, Warcraft, Diablo, Overwatch, Hearthstone, Wolf of The Ancient Wolf, StarCraft, etc.; in the future, Activision Blizzard's games will join the Xbox console and pc version of XGP, and the total number of XGP users has since exceeded 25 million.
"We are very excited to have the opportunity to work with Activision Publishing, Blizzard Entertainment, Beenox, Demonware, Digital Legends, High Moon Studios, Infinity Ward, King, Major League Gaming, Radical Entertainment, Raven Software, Sledgehammer Games, Toys for Bob, Treyarch and every team at Activision Blizzard.
"Activision Blizzard and Microsoft Games will continue to operate independently until the deal is completed. Once the deal is completed, Activision Blizzard's business will report to me, ceo of Microsoft Games. ”