Here’s everything that’s happened since Microsoft bought Activision Blizzard

Last week was a big event in the video game industry. In a deal that dwarfed everyone else before it (in the gaming business, anyway), Microsoft surprised the world by announcing it would buy Activision Blizzard for a whopping $68.7 billion. The news comes two months after Microsoft Gaming CEO Phil Spencer described Activision Blizzard’s sexual harassment and discrimination scandal as “horrific” and said Microsoft was “evaluating every aspect of its relationship with the company.” of.

The scale of the acquisition is staggering: When complete, Microsoft will control some of the biggest franchises in the world, including Call of Duty, Warcraft, and Overwatch, as well as a massive backlog of older games. Combine that with Microsoft’s acquisition of Bethesda Softworks more than a year ago — a blockbuster deal in itself, albeit at a fraction of Activision Blizzard’s price — and it would make Microsoft the third-largest gaming company in the world. world income.