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UK tentatively approves Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision

UK tentatively approves Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision

It’s been over a year since Microsoft bought Activision Blizzard for €60 billion. At this time, the controversy surrounding the yet-to-be-finalized agreement was greater than most. However, there is now a little light at the end of the tunnel, as the UK regulatory authority, the CMA, has provisionally approved the acquisition of the Call of Duty creator by the Redmond company.

CMA tentatively approves Activision's acquisition of Blizzard

Dozens of news have already been written about Microsoft buying Activision Blizzard in January 2022. And the completion of the deal is still pending, especially because of the anti-competitive practices it might trigger. This is related to the fear of other competing companies for the owner of Xbox, hits such as Call of Duty, WoW, Diablo, Overwatch or Candy Crush are no longer available on other platforms such as Sony's PlayStation 5 and Nintendo's Switch. .

But, finally, there seems to be an evolution in the matter now, according to the latest reports, the UK Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has provisionally approved Microsoft's acquisition of Game Creator.

According to Official announcement The British government's tentative approval of the deal, at this point, indicates that the points are in Microsoft's favor. We remind you that the owner of Xbox has contracts for games like CoD for 10 years for other platforms such as Sony's PlayStation, Nintendo's Switch and Nvidia's GeForce Now.

As such, it could be months or weeks until the acquisition is finally approved by other regulatory agencies that are still investigating Activision's purchase of Blizzard, as in the US and Europe. But Microsoft can take some comfort now that the wind is in their favor.

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