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Activision Blizzard shareholders approve the company’s $69 billion acquisition by Microsoft

Shareholders in Activision Blizzard approved overwhelmingly to accept Microsoft Corporation’s offer of $68.7 billion (£54.66 billion) to acquire the company at yesterday’s Special Meeting of Stockholders. More than 98% of the shares voted in favour of the buyout offer, Activision Blizzard confirmed in a statement released on their website. The largest payment for a technology company in recorded history, toppling Dell’s acquisition of EMC Data Storage from 2016, it’s now expected the deal will conclude during Microsoft’s fiscal year, which ends on June 30th 2023. Read more

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Microsoft are buying Activision Blizzard for $69 billion

In the wake of scandal and lawsuits alleging a culture of discrimination and harrassment at Activision Blizzard, Microsoft today announced they’re buying the company. Wait, hang on. What. That’s not what I expected when Xbox head Phil Spencer told staff he was “evaluating all aspects of [Xbox’s] relationship” with Activision Blizzard. Microsoft plan to pay $68.7 billion (£50 billion) for the company, which will nab them games including Warcraft, Call Of Duty, and Overwatch. Jesus. Read more

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Call Of Duty: Vanguard (multiplayer and Zombies) review: unambitious filler

There’s something about Call Of Duty: Vanguard and its multiplayer modes that feels thin. Much like my time with the game’s campaign, I’m left wanting. This is a World War II veneer glossed over a Modern Warfare canvas, with familiar pacing and shooting, but ultimately lacking the weight of Infinity Ward’s reboot. As a Call Of Duty multiplayer experience, Vanguard delivers. But what it delivers is a stop-gap. An FPS experience that isn’t concerned with pushing the series forwards, or taking risks. Fans will have fun, sure, but its deathmatches and dominations are stuck in the past. Not to mention…

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Activsion CEO reportedly knew about allegations against the company for years; Treyarch co-head quits over sexual harassment report

More accusations against Activision Blizzard have surfaced in a Wall Street Journal report. Activision is once again in the spotlight thanks to a new Wall Street Journal report. In short, Treyarch’s co-head has left the company, a pair of claims have been made against Sledgehammer games, and another accusation has been thrown at Blizzard. Adding to this, the WSJ also reports instances of bad behavior on Bobby Kotick’s part, as well as claims of him seemingly being unconcerned over sexual misconduct allegations made against company superiors. According to the report, Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick was apparently aware of the…

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Call of Duty: Vanguard – The Vital Proficiency makes every gun that uses it busted

A single attachment transforms the five weapons that have access to it into multiplayer monsters. Heads up to those getting deep into Call of Duty: Vanguard multiplayer at the moment, there’s a certain attachment that’s taking over the game mode at the moment due to how quick the time-to-kill becomes on guns it can be found on. As it is right now, it’s safe to say it’s in need of its damage getting tweaked a little bit, so try and make the most of it while you can! We’re of course talking about the Vital proficiency, an attachment that requires…

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Call Of Duty: Vanguard best Type 100 loadout

Want to build the best Type 100 loadout in Call Of Duty: Vanguard? The Type 100 is currently overlooked a bit in favour of the higher-damage MP-40, but I’m here to strongly recommend you give it a go. Don’t be dissuaded by the Type 100’s low damage-per-shot: with the sright attachments, this gun’s one real downside can be turned into its greatest strength. Below we’ll walk you through how to put together the very best Type 100 loadout in Vanguard, going into detail about what each attachment does for you and how everything works together to turn the Type 100…

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Call Of Duty Vanguard: best Volk loadout

Want to know the best Volk loadout in Call Of Duty: Vanguard? The Volk is one of the best Assault Rifles in Call Of Duty: Vanguard, but you’ll need some attachments to unlock its full potential. At first, the recoil is sharp and it is only effective at short range. With this loadout, we drastically improve the accuracy and recoil control of the Volk, whilst also slightly increasing its effective damage range and fire rate to make it capable of ripping through enemies at short-medium range. Of course, as Call Of Duty: Vanguard season 1 draws closer, we expect the…

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Call of Duty: Vanguard – MP40 two shot build with 8MM Kurz and Hollow Point rounds

If you click on a link and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. Read our editorial policy. With Call of Duty: Vanguard still freshly released, we’ve got a video highlighting a MP40 build that’s a must try! If you’ve played any amount of Call of Duty: Vanguard multiplayer since its release, you know too well how popular the MP40 is. The SMG packs a massive punch and high rate of fire, allowing you to dash around the map quickly and wipe out the enemy team with haste. The trick? Well, the MP40 at its core is a…

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Call of Duty: Vanguard reviews round-up, all the scores

If you click on a link and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. Read our editorial policy. What do the critics think? Call of Duty: Vanguard reviews have started to land and we have rounded a few up for you. There aren’t too many reviews live at present, but that will surely change over the weekend, so expect more to drop Monday once more outlets have had enough time with the shooter. Released yesterday, November 5, the single-player portion of the game spans four World War 2 frontlines that cover the Eastern and Western Fronts, the war…

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Best Call Of Duty: Vanguard Perks

Want to know which are the best Perks to use in Call Of Duty: Vanguard? Your choice of Perks may not appear at first to be a very important decision in the grand scheme of things, but in Call Of Duty: Vanguard – as with previous games in the series – there are a select few Perks which can prove truly game-changing, and give you a strong advantage in battle. If you’re looking for advice on which Perks to use in your custom class setup, or if you’re not really sure how the Perk system works in general, you’ve come…

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Best Call Of Duty: Vanguard SMG

Want to know the best SMG in Call Of Duty: Vanguard? SMGs are often seen as the best weapon class in Call Of Duty. They fire rapidly and can help you rack up quick kills. They are often the core of a strong FPS loadout, but with 6 SMGs to choose from in Vanguard, you’ll need to know which is best. This guide will cover the best SMG in Call Of Duty: Vanguard, and provide a tier list for every SMG available. The meta is going to change rapidly over the course of Vanguard’s life, so expect this guide to…

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Call Of Duty: Vanguard is out now, returning to WW2

Fittingly for Fireworks Night, Call Of Duty: Vanguard launched in the wee hours, bringing a great many big explosions as the first-person shooter series returns to World War 2 once again. Along with yer usual story campaign and multiplayer modes, it has Treyarch’s Zombies too. Though I do suspect the part of Vanguard many want isn’t out yet, and they won’t even pay for: the new Pacific island map coming to CoD: Warzone at a later point. Read more

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Cheaters are already ruining Call of Duty: Vanguard’s multiplayer beta

Call of Duty: Vanguard’s cross-platform multiplayer beta has already been afflicted by cheaters, much to the frustration of players on both consoles and PC. Call of Duty: Vanguard isn’t due to launch for another few months yet, but already players are reporting that cheaters have infiltrated the game – and they’ve been ruining this weekend’s cross-platform beta test. As you can see in the various videos embedded below (thanks VGC), this weekend has given cheaters the oppertunity to flex their muscles alongside players that just wanted to see what this year’s major Activision game is like. Cheating in Call of…

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Call Of Duty: Vanguard’s first gameplay trailer sure looks like Call Of Duty

During Gamescom Opening Night Live, we got our first look at what to expect from Call Of Duty: Vanguard‘s campaign. Last week, Activision confirmed the game would be set in an alternate history World War 2, and the new footage of one of the opening missions follows a sniper stealthing around in Stalingrad. It’s dramatic, cinematic, and it sure looks like a Call Of Duty game set in WW2. Take a peek yourself in the trailer below. Read more

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Call Of Duty: Vanguard schedules multiplayer reveal and open beta

Call Of Duty: Vanguard is getting ready for its trip back to alt-history WW2 with a quick look into this year’s future. Activision have scheduled an “alpha” for PlayStation players this weekend, followed by an open beta on all platforms next month, in as much as those terms mean anything when they’re scheduled so close together. In any case, they’ll be properly revealing Vanguard’s multiplayer modes on September 7th followed by two weekends of multiplayer beta testing prior to launch in November. Read more