Microsoft announces that they are approaching the acquisition of Activision Blizzard in what seems to be the most expensive deal in gaming history. The price tag is $68.7 billion (around SEK 620 billion). That compares with Bethesda costing Microsoft $8.1 billion or Mojang $2.5 billion. Would you rather compare the deal with the movie world, the whole Marvel cost $4 billion when Disney bought them, while Star Wars cost $4.05 billion.

The deal must be approved by several agencies in both the United States and the rest of the world before it’s done however.

On Xbox Wire, Phil Spencer writes:

“Over many decades, the studios and teams that make up Activision Blizzard have earned vast wellsprings of joy and respect from billions of people all over the world. We are incredibly excited to have the chance to work with the amazing, talented, dedicated people across Activision Publishing, Blizzard Entertainment, Beenox, Demonware, Digital Legends, High Moon Studios, Infinity Ward, King, Major League Gaming, Radical Entertainment, Raven Software, Sledgehammer Games, Toys for Bob, Treyarch and every team across Activision Blizzard.

Until this transaction closes, Activision Blizzard and Microsoft Gaming will continue to operate independently.”