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Video Game Maker Activision to Buy 'Candy Crush' Maker for $5.9B

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    FILE - In this March 24, 2014 file photo, a detail from the online game "Candy Crush Saga" is shown on a computer screen in New York.

    Video game maker Activision Blizzard Inc. said it will buy the maker of the popular “Candy Crush Saga” game, Reuters reported.

    Activision will buy King Digital Entertainment for $5.9 billion to strengthen its games portfolio. It will pay $18 in cash per King share.

    King went public last year and has been struggling to boost bookings. It will continue to be led as an independent operating unit.

    Video game makers are shifting to digital business platforms as more consumers are playing games on smartphones and tablets.

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