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Shareholder Kyle Watson claims Activision Blizzard's SEC filing is missing key information.

Chris Kerr, News Editor

February 28, 2022

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Activision Blizzard is being sued by a shareholder over alleged Securities and Exchange Act violations relating to Microsoft's proposed $68.7 billion purchase of the company.

As reported by Polygon, shareholder Kyle Watson filed a lawsuit against the publisher on February 24, 2022, claiming the Microsoft deal is "unfair for a number of reasons" and has only be pursued so the board can "procure for themselves and senior management [...] significant and immediate benefits."

Watson also alleges the company's SEC filing, which details the transaction, is "materially misleading and incomplete" and therefore violates the Exchange Act.

The suit specifically claims the SEC filing is missing information relating to the "ad hoc committee" that oversaw the sale. It also raises concerns about potential conflicts of interest, and alleges the Microsoft sale is "not in the best interest" of Activision Blizzard, Watson himself, or company stockholders -- but notes the deal will "produce lucrative benefits for [Activision Blizzard's] officers and directors."

Watson wants the U.S. District Court handling the case to order Activision Blizzard to release a new SEC preliminary proxy statement that contains more information and omits "untrue statements." They are also seeking "rescissory damages" should the transaction be completed.

In a statement sent to Polygon, an Activision Blizzard spokesperson said the company disagrees with the allegations made by Watson and looks forward to "presenting our arguments to the court."

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Chris Kerr

News Editor, GameDeveloper.com

Game Developer news editor Chris Kerr is an award-winning journalist and reporter with over a decade of experience in the game industry. His byline has appeared in notable print and digital publications including Edge, Stuff, Wireframe, International Business Times, and PocketGamer.biz. Throughout his career, Chris has covered major industry events including GDC, PAX Australia, Gamescom, Paris Games Week, and Develop Brighton. He has featured on the judging panel at The Develop Star Awards on multiple occasions and appeared on BBC Radio 5 Live to discuss breaking news.

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