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Microsoft’s new $69 billion deal and its connection to ‘Candy Crush’

Acquisition will accelerate growth of Microsoft’s gaming business, company says

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Microsoft on Tuesday announced a $69 billion deal to buy US gaming giant Activision Blizzard, the company behind hits like ‘Call of Duty’ which has been hit by allegations of gender discrimination against women.

“This acquisition will accelerate the growth of Microsoft’s gaming business across mobile, PC, console and cloud and provide building blocks for the metaverse,” Microsoft said in a statement.

Activision, the California-based maker of “Candy Crush” has been hit with employee protests, layoffs and a state lawsuit alleging it allowed toxic working conditions and sexual harassment against women.

In the past seven months, the company has received about 700 reports of employee concerns about sexual assault, harassment or other misconduct, in some cases separate reports about the same incident, the Wall Street reported. Newspaper.

Nearly 20% of Activision Blizzard’s 9,500 employees have signed a petition calling for CEO Bobby Kotick to step down.

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