Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard made major strides today. After previously getting approval by the European Union, Microsoft cleared hurdles in the United States. This also helped them make headway in the United Kingdom towards closing the buyout.
The US Court system sided with Microsoft in Federal Trade Commission v. Microsoft, allowing its buyout of Activision to go through. Microsoft committed to keep their Activision titles like Call of Duty on rival platforms. This includes keeping things on Sony's systems as well as bringing future titles to Nintendo. Luckily for Microsoft, the court happened to find their commitment quite compelling. They also found that there were no serious concerns within the cloud gaming marketplace. Microsoft has agreed to work with other cloud gaming services.
Microsoft also saw progress within the UK. Previously, the Competition and Markets Authority blocked the buyout. After the FTC ruling, Microsoft vice chairman and president Brad Smith released a statement discussing the acquisition in the UK. The CMA and Microsoft put a stay on the litigation that the CMA had filed against Microsoft. Microsoft and the CMA are currently in talks to attempt to amend the acquisition to appease the CMA’s concerns.
The close date for Microsoft’s buyout of Activision Blizzard is July 18th, 2023. If the CMA and Microsoft reach an agreement, the buyout will presumably pass.
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