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Microsoft’s Activision Blizzard acquisition will harm UK gamers, says watchdog
CMA says Xbox maker’s takeover of Call of Duty and World of Warcraft owner could lead to higher prices

Mark Sweney and Dan Milmo

08, Feb, 2023 @5:29 PM

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TechScape: With a $67bn takeover in the works, is it finally game on for Microsoft?
With the acquisition of Activision Blizzard in the works, the company is facing investigations by trade commissions the world over. If the deal goes through, could it help the forgotten tech giant gain new relevance?

Alex Hern

03, Jan, 2023 @11:51 AM

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US agency moves to block landmark merger of Microsoft and Activision Blizzard
Regulators voted 3-1 to stop the biggest acquisition in video game history, citing concerns over thwarting of competition

Guardian staff and agencies

08, Dec, 2022 @9:29 PM

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‘The metaverse will be our slow death!’ Is Facebook losing its $100bn gamble on virtual reality?
The company now known as Meta has spent staggering amounts on creating an immersive successor to the traditional 2D internet. But what has it got to show for it, apart from 11,000 job losses?

Steve Rose

07, Dec, 2022 @6:00 AM

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Microsoft takeover of Activision Blizzard raises concerns at UK regulator
Competition watchdog asks companies to address questions, with possible investigation to follow

Alex Hern UK technology editor

01, Sep, 2022 @2:40 PM

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Activision Blizzard’s Raven Software workers vote to form industry’s first union
The vote marks a victory for labor advocates in an industry mired with allegations of abuse and poor working conditions

Kari Paul and agency

23, May, 2022 @8:54 PM

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Judge approves Activision Blizzard’s $18m settlement over sexual harassment suit
Gaming company, which faces further lawsuits, agrees to take steps to prevent and address discrimination and harassment

Kari Paul and agencies

29, Mar, 2022 @8:09 PM

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Pushing Buttons: why are games about mundane tasks so much fun?
In this week’s newsletter: farming, city planning, even golf – I admit I find games about unbelievably boring activities addictive

Keza MacDonald

01, Feb, 2022 @12:45 PM

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Pushing Buttons: the Microsoft-Activision deal is a chance to transform game development
In this week’s newsletter: whatever reservations we have about the merger, it’s a chance to bring meaningful, positive change for the people who actually make games

Keza MacDonald

25, Jan, 2022 @12:45 PM

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Activision Blizzard employees form first of its kind Game Workers Alliance Union
The announcement, in an industry where unions are rare, came on the heels of Microsoft’s acquisition of the company

Kari Paul

21, Jan, 2022 @11:55 PM

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Microsoft’s Activision merger faces real-world barriers to metaverse mission
Suspicious US regulators and a problematic culture at the video game firm need to be overcome to realise AR vision

Dan Milmo Global technology editor

20, Jan, 2022 @6:00 AM

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Microsoft takeover of Call of Duty games firm wipes $20bn off Sony shares
Investors react to possibility that Playstation and subscription service will lose Activision Blizzard games

Mark Sweney

19, Jan, 2022 @3:11 PM

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