Microsoft is watching Activision Blizzard to ensure ‘the right people’ are in charge when it takes over

There’s a lot of work left to be done before Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard is complete. The terms of the deal are in place, but the whole thing has to be approved by a number of regulatory bodies, foremost among them the US Federal Trade Commission , before the green light is given. The general consensus is that it’s likely to go through (we asked a lawyer), and Microsoft is doing its best to grease those wheels by promising “a principled approach to app stores” and, more specifically, to keep Call of Duty games on the PlayStation.

In a recent interview on CNBCMicrosoft president Brad Smith took on a potentially even trickier question: How will Microsoft address the toxicity in Activision Blizzard’s workplace culture that came to light last year? In response, Smith said that making meaningful changes to culture “requires a combination of commitment and humility ,” which for now remains the responsibility of Activision Blizzard management.