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Game On: Microsoft want to buy Activision Blizzard

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Microsoft want to buy Activision Blizzard - here is all you need to know

Who are Activision Blizzard?

If you're into gaming, you'll know this but if not, Activision Blizzard are the team behind the hit gaming franchise 'Call of Duty'. They also make World of Warcraft, Overwatch and Candy Crush and a lot more titles beside.

Why do Microsoft want to buy Activision Blizzard and how much for?

First off, let's talk money. Microsoft want Activision Blizzard for $69billion (£56billion). If Microsoft are allowed to buy Activision Blizzard for this insane amount of money, in gaming history, it'll see the biggest takeover of a company by another if Microsoft gets its hands on Activision Blizzard.

We've already mentioned Activision Blizzard make the hugely popular game, Call of Duty, among other titles, and if Microsoft's takeover deal is allowed to go ahead, they would have control of Call of Duty. Microsoft would be able to control in-game purchases and subscriptions on Activision Blizzard's games, which are played all over the world.

The deal would, Microsoft say, help Xbox

Xbox is Microsoft's own physical games console, like Sony's PlayStation. Sony's PlayStation has seen larger sales than Microsoft's Xbox consoles and if Microsoft have control of Activision Blizzard, it'll be able to bring more titles to 'Game Pass'. Game Pass is a subscription service, exclusively on Xbox, which allows gamers to have access to a large library of games to play whenever they want. Some games on Game Pass are exclusive to Xbox, so could the deal mean some of Activision Blizzard's most-loved titles are removed from other platforms and made available only on Xbox?

Some games are already exclusively on Xbox

Microsoft paid £6.1billion ($7.5bn) for gaming company Bethesda, who make Skyrim, DOOM, Fallout and more. Since the takeover of Bethesda, Microsoft said some future games will be available on exclusively Xbox.

Microsoft would make deals with other companies

The deal is on the table and if it goes through, Microsoft announced a deal for Call of Duty games to be made available on Nintendo devices and Microsoft say it has made the same offer to Sony, too, which will allow those on PlayStation to continue to have access to Call of Duty.

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