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News video games 24 March 2023, 17:43

author: Kamil Kleszyk

Microsoft Made a Big Move in Activision Blizzard Deal [Update]

The finalization of Microsoft's purchase of Activision Blizzard is closer than ever. This is evidenced by a statement released by the UK Competition and Markets Authority.

Update - comment from Microsoft and Activision Blizzard.

As expected, both Microsoft and Activision Blizzard are very pleased with CMA's announcement (via CNBC). Representatives of the Redmond giant expressed gratitude for the UK Competition and Markets Authority's "rigorous and thorough assessment of the evidence." They further offered to continue working with the regulatory body to address any concerns officials may have.

"We appreciate the CMA’s rigorous and thorough evaluation of the evidence and welcome its updated provisional findings.

This deal will provide more players with more choice in how they play Call of Duty and their favorite games. We look forward to working with the CMA to resolve any outstanding concerns."

In turn, Activision representative said that the CMA's announcement demonstrates "a better understanding of the console gaming market, showing a commitment to supporting gamers and competition."

"Sony's campaign to protect its dominance by blocking our merger cannot overcome the facts, and Microsoft has already presented effective and enforceable remedies to address each of the CMA's remaining concerns. We know that this deal will benefit competition, innovation and consumers in the UK," he added.

Original message

Microsoft's efforts to finalize a deal to buy Activision Blizzard have been intensifying for more than a year now. However, standing in the way of achieving the American's desired goal are all sorts of international authorities, who are keeping a close eye on the whole matter and analyzing the possible negative impacts of the merger on the gaming market.

  • While a number of authorities have already managed to give a positive opinion, the deal has so far seems to be hampered most strongly by the UK's Competition and Markets Authority (CMA). However, in light of recent reports, even the controlling authority from the Isles is increasingly convinced of the merits of the merger.
  • In a recent statement issued by the CMA, it was reported that the concerns about making the Call of Duty series exclusive to Xbox and thus disrupting competition in the market, have been allayed and are no longer an issue..

"Having considered the additional evidence provided, we have now provisionally concluded that the merger will not result in a substantial lessening of competition in console gaming services because the cost to Microsoft of withholding Call of Duty from PlayStation would outweigh any gains from taking such action," said the chairman of the CMA's independent panel of experts, Martin Coleman (via Competition and Markets Authority).

Although the statement may bring Microsoft significantly closer to finalizing the deal, it does not mean that it will definitely happen. This is because the Brits remain concerned about the negative impact of the merger on the cloud gaming market. It remains to be patient and await further information.

Kamil Kleszyk

Kamil Kleszyk

An introvert by nature. Since childhood, he felt a closer connection to humanism than to the sciences. Instead of exercises in maths, he preferred shutting himself up in his world and inventing new stories of his favorite anime – Dragon Ball. After years of study came a time of stagnation, which he preferred to call "searching for purpose." Looking out for destiny during the 58th screening of his beloved Die Hard, he decided – like John McCLane – to fight for a better future. He found the avenue to do this in Gamepressure. Since he's still a freshman in the newsroom, he doesn't have a target subject he wants to focus on yet. So, you can expect news about farming simulators, or the impact of Johnny Depp's trial on the future of Pirates of the Caribbean. If you ever hear that playing console games and watching movies is futile – remember this story


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