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On Jan. 18, tech giant Microsoft announced plans to acquire Activision Blizzard Inc. for $68.7 billion in a deal that would include smash-hit franchises such as Call of Duty, Warcraft and Candy Crush.

Later that same month, Sony acquired game studio Bungie, creators of first-person shooter Overwatch and the original studio behind Halo, in a deal worth $3.6 billion.

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