Activision Blizzard Shareholders Approve Sale To Microsoft, As Expected

Activision Blizzard shareholders today voted on whether or not to approve the proposed acquisition of the company by Microsoft, and they overwhelmingly approved the deal. The publisher has announced that over 98% of shares voted in favor of the deal, paving the way for the acquisition to go through–although there are still a number of hurdles to overcome before it’s a reality.

“Today’s overwhelmingly supportive vote by our stockholders confirms our shared belief that, combined with Microsoft, we will be even better positioned to create great value for our players, even greater opportunities for our employees, and to continue our focus on becoming an inspiring example of a welcoming, respectful, and inclusive workplace,” said Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick, who is in line to receive a sizable golden parachute deal should he exit the company after the deal closes, as expected.

While the vote still has to technically be certified and then reported to the Securities and Exchange Commission, that is merely a formality at this point. But as noted above, this successful vote–which was widely believed to go as it did–does not mean Microsoft now owns Activision Blizzard. There is still a long road ahead, as it will face scrutiny from regulators, including the US’s Federal Trade Commission and those in other regions, including the EU and China. Those could slow the deal or halt it entirely, as we saw with Nvidia’s recent takeover attempt of Arm, which ultimately fell through.

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Author: Chris Pereira