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Microsoft’s $69 Billion Activision Deal Dwarfs Past Acquisitions

  • The $69 billion Activision deal is tech giant’s biggest ever
  • Previous large deals include acquisitions of LinkedIn, Skype

Microsoft Corp.’s planned acquisition of Activision Blizzard Inc. is breaking all sorts of records, even for a company that hasn’t shied away from massive deals in recent years. 

The U.S. tech giant announced on Tuesday it’s paying nearly $69 billion to take over Activision, owner of the Call of Duty franchise. That’s roughly equal to the amount Microsoft set aside for its five largest past acquisitions combined, including the $26 billion LinkedIn Corp. deal in 2016.