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US$68.7 billion Microsoft deal approved by Activision Blizzard shareholders

Videogame publisher Activision Blizzard said on Thursday (Apr 28) that its shareholders approved Microsoft Corp’s US$68.7 billion proposal to buy the Call of Duty maker.

More than 98 per cent of the shares voted at a special meeting held earlier in the day were in favor of the proposed transaction, the Santa Monica, California-based company said.

Microsoft said in January it had agreed to acquire Activision Blizzard for US$95 per share in the biggest gaming industry deal in history as global technology giants stake their claims to a virtual future.

Activision, which is facing backlash over its response to allegations of internal sexual harassment and discrimination against female employees, missed estimates for first-quarter adjusted sales on Monday, hit by low demand for its latest title “Call of Duty: Vanguard”. CNA

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