As time passes, new information about the purchase of Activision Blizzard by Microsoft is disclosed. In this way, a new report has revealed that negotiations to make this possible, began only three days after the accusations against Bobby Kotick , CEO of the company responsible for Call of Duty and World of Warcraft, they become known.
In a document shared by CNBC, it has been revealed that the conversations between Kotick and Phil Spencer, Chief of Xbox, began on November 19 , three days after The Wall Street Journal accused the CEO of Activision Blizzard to be aware of cases of abuse in the company, and participate in this toxic practice. This was what was commented about:
“During a talk on a different topic between Spencer and Kotick, Spencer raised the interest of Microsoft for talking about strategic opportunity between Activision Blizzard and Microsoft and asked if a call with [Satya] Nadella the next day would be possible. Apparently, Satya Nadella was more explicit and indicated that ‘Microsoft was interested in exploring a strategic combination with Activision Blizzard. “
As you will remember, on November 18, Phil Spencer issued a statement where it was pointed out “disturbed and deeply concerned” about the situation in this company, and was reevaluating the relationship with Activision Blizzard. A day after, the conversations about the acquisition began . This culminated in the announcement of the full purchase of the company on January 18, 2022 for almost $ 70 billion.
On related topics, Microsoft president ensures that he will dismiss executives if he does not see a change in Blizzard Activision. Similarly, Microsoft speaks once again about harassment cases in the company they bought.
It is interesting to have a new perspective. This does not only seem to confirm the theories that pointed out that the purchase was carried out just when the Activision Blizzard shares fell, but it paints the previous comments of Phil Spencer. Now we only have to wait and see if it really a change is on the way.