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Activision sexual misconduct fallout prompted Microsoft to pursue deal

The goal, according to a person familiar with the matter, was to offer support to a key partner and make it clear that Microsoft had concerns about the treatment of women at Activision

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Late last year, as employees at Activision Blizzard and Chief Executive Officer Bobby Kotick (pictured) were reeling from accusations that Kotick knew of sexual harassment at the company for years, a group of Microsoft senior executives suggested that Xbox head Phil Spencer check in with the embattled CEO.

The goal, according to a person familiar with the matter, was to offer support to a key partner and make it clear that Microsoft had concerns about the treatment of women at Activision. Another aim: to ensure that if Kotick and the board were willing to sell the company, Microsoft would

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First Published: Jan 19 2022 | 10:54 PM IST

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