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Microsoft's acquisition of Activision under the microscope in the UK, praises Sony

Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision under the microscope in the UK, praises Sony

September 15, 2022, 19:35

author: Hubert “Hxx0” ledziewski

Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard will be closely scrutinized by the UK Competition and Markets Authority. Sony praised the decision, as the deal is supposed to have “serious negative consequences”.

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From AdsIt’s been nearly nine months since Microsoft intends to acquire Activision Blizzard. At that time, many institutions – incl. The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the European Commission – Explore it The ‘suitability’ of the deal. Inquiry into this matter in early July I started As well as the UK Competition and Markets Authority (CMA). 2 weeks ago this organizer announcewhich – which In his view, such a big deal is dangerous to the competitiveness of the industry He gave the Redmond giant five days to clear his doubts.

However, as stated financial times (Across GamesIndustry.biz), Microsoft chose not to provide any evidence – claiming there was no “clear obligation to provide such”. As a result later this week The CMA is about to launch an extensive second-order investigation. An independent commission will be appointed to cater to its needs – which will also include representatives of third parties – which will show whether the companies’ merger will actually limit competition. According to the Financial Times’ sources, this could prompt EU regulators to start a similar measure.

Sony, Microsoft’s main competitor in the gaming hardware market, “welcomed this information”Because, in her view, the deal in which the Redmond giant will take control of the Activision Blizzard brands – including in the first place call of duty series – You can carry “Grand Negative consequences for players and the future of the entire gaming industry”.

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The Call of Duty war continues. Image source: Steam / Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II.

We know for a long time that the Japanese You have concernsThat the popular shooter series will no longer be released on PlayStation. It does not decrease, despite the fact that Microsoft repeatedly confirmedIt will not (at least in the short term), and recently Sony made an offer that is said to “go well beyond typical gaming industry contracts,” however, the Japanese company considered “inadequate”.

In response to Sony’s comment on the CMA’s decision, a Microsoft representative once again stated that “Removal Call of duty With PlayStation it will be free of commercial sense, as the series occupies a leading position in the gaming hardware market.” In general, the Redmond giant appears very confident and calm – which it reflects well words One of his lawyers said: It’s a long process […]. Of course, the sooner it ends, the better for us, but we will respect the procedure.”