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Microsoft Reportedly Considers Drastic Steps to Get Around CMA's Block on Acti-Blizz Purchase
Adrian Werner, 04 June 2023, 23:45
According to credible rumors, Microsoft has a rather drastic plan B in case the British CMA does not agree to the acquisition of Activision Blizzard.
CD Projekt RED Denies Rumors of Sony Taking Over
Hubert Sledziewski, 29 May 2023, 13:31
A well-known industry insider has reported that Sony is planning to acquire Polish studio CD Projekt Red - creators of The Witcher 3 and Cyberpunk 2077. The developer has commented on the reports.
Microsoft Fights Back in UK; Company Appeals CMA's Decision
Sonia Selerska, 25 May 2023, 13:16
Microsoft has appealed CMA's decision literally at the last moment. The fight on British soil over the merger with Activision continues.
Microsoft Won Skirmish With Gamers Trying to Block Activision purchase
Kamil Kleszyk, 23 May 2023, 14:36
A group of gamers who see a threat in the merger between Activision and Microsoft have asked a California court to block the deal. The US judiciary rejected the lawsuit.
Another World Power Greenlit Microsoft and Activision Blizzard Merger [UPDATE]
Adrian Werner, 22 May 2023, 16:02
Another major country has agreed to Microsoft's acquisition of Activision Blizzard.
Microsoft and Activision Blizzard Deal Greenlit by European Union; Breakthrough
Jacob Blazewicz, 16 May 2023, 12:02
The European Commission has backed Microsoft's acquisition of Activision Blizzard, but under certain conditions.
Brits Want to Make Sure Microsoft Doesn't Get Activision
Jacob Blazewicz, 12 May 2023, 15:24
Britain's Competition and Markets Authority has issued a regulation on Microsoft's acquisition of Activision Blizzard. The agency wants to make sure the companies don't try to force the deal.
Microsoft Brings Out Big Guns to Salvage the Activision Deal
Adam Celarek, 09 May 2023, 16:58
Microsoft is not giving up on the Activision deal. After the UK blocked the merger, the corporation is reaching out for help from a lawyer experienced in similar cases.
Decent Call of Duty on Nintendo Switch? Brits Express Doubt
Jacob Blazewicz, 28 April 2023, 23:16
Microsoft assured that after the acquisition of Activision Blizzard, Call of Duty games will come to Nintendo Switch. The British have doubts about this idea.
Microsoft's Activision Takeover Blocked by UK
Sonia Selerska, 26 April 2023, 16:01
The UK's Consumer Protection Authority has issued a statement, blocking the merger process between Microsoft and Activision.
Another Billion-dollar Takeover Has Become a Fact [UPDATE]
Kamil Kleszyk, 17 April 2023, 10:31
According to the latest reports, Rovio Entertainment, creators of the Angry Birds series, will most likely be acquired by Sega.
Sony Disappointed by CMA's 'Irrational' Attitude Towards Microsoft [UPDATE]
Hubert Sledziewski, 07 April 2023, 16:20
Sony says the British regulator is liable to accept the merger between Microsoft and Activision Blizzard because its opinion is based on faulty data.
Atari is Doing Better Than You Might Think - It Just Bought System Shock Remake Devs
Adrian Werner, 26 March 2023, 21:08
Atari has acquired Nightdive Studios, a team known for games such as Turok Remastered, Blood: Fresh Supply, PowerSlave Exhumed and the upcoming System Shock remake.
Microsoft Refutes Redfall Accusations: 'We Didn't Pull Any Games From PlayStation'
Kamil Kleszyk, 26 March 2023, 00:02
Following recent reports that Microsoft was said to have ordered the cancellation of the PlayStation version of Redfall, representatives of the Redmond giant have decided to make an official announcement.
Microsoft Made a Big Move in Activision Blizzard Deal [Update]
Kamil Kleszyk, 24 March 2023, 17:43
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.
Microsoft: 10 Years is Enough for Sony to Make Its Own Call of Duty
Agnes Adamus, 22 March 2023, 13:07
Microsoft's response to the UK's consumer protection authority said that 10 years is enough for Sony to develop its own alternative to Call of Duty.
Sony as Victim; Loses to Game Pass and Won't Manage Without CoD
Kamil Kleszyk, 19 March 2023, 21:31
Sony admitted in a statement to the UK's Markets and Competition Authority that in terms of market share, Microsoft with Game Pass is far ahead of PS Plus. Moreover, the Japanese claim that their games cannot match Call of Duty.
Starfield is the Reason Sony Doesn't Trust Microsoft With Call of Duty
Jacob Blazewicz, 13 March 2023, 23:13
Sony fears that Microsoft's promises of no Call of Duty exclusivity will end up like with the Bethesda acquisition.
Sony: Microsoft's Offer Will 'Irreparably Harm Innovation'
Kamil Kleszyk, 12 March 2023, 11:51
Sony has issued a statement in response to the deal Microsoft offered its Japanese competitor. The PlayStation manufacturer also reproached the Redmond giant for withholding certain provisions of the 'harmful' offer.
Xbox Game Pass Without Price Increase; Microsoft's Evasive Stance
Jakub Tarchala, 09 March 2023, 14:57
The British authority is considering any move Microsoft might make after acquiring Activision. The CMA is concerned that finalizing the merger will lead to an increase in the price of Game Pass. Microsoft responds evasively.
Microsoft Tries to Placate Sony; Jim Ryan Makes Things Clear
Adrian Werner, 09 March 2023, 14:28
To reassure regulators, Microsoft is ready to guarantee that Call of Duty games on PlayStation consoles will not be in any way inferior to releases on other platforms.
Sony Suggests Microsoft Could Sabotage Call of Duty on PlayStation
Jacob Blazewicz, 09 March 2023, 13:35
Bugs, missing features and a higher price of Call of Duty. Such ploys, according to Sony, may be used by Microsoft to discourage gamers from PlayStation after Activision Blizzard acquisition.
Sony Gears Up for Acquisitions; Still Has Billions of Dollars to Spend
Adrian Werner, 08 March 2023, 14:19
Sony said it wants to spend at least $5.1 billion on acquisitions of other companies and share purchases by the end of this year.
Microsoft Will Wait for EU's Ruling; 'It's Not a Race' [UPDATE]
Jacob Blazewicz, 03 March 2023, 11:32
The European Commission has extended the deadline by which it is to issue a final decision on Microsoft's acquisition of Activision Blizzard.
Sony Forced to Disclose Some of PlayStation's Exclusivity Deals
Kamil Kleszyk, 02 March 2023, 22:38
The US FTC has subpoenaed Sony to disclose detailed documents, including licensing agreements with third-party companies.
Microsoft Wants to End PlayStation Exclusive DLCs for Call of Duty
Agnes Adamus, 01 March 2023, 22:29
Phil Spencer has announced that if Activision Blizzard's acquisition of comes to fruition, Call of Duty will stop receiving exclusive DLCs on any of the platforms.
Sony Dominates the Console Market, Microsoft Suggests
Adrian Werner, 22 February 2023, 14:32
During a hearing before the European Commission, a Microsoft representative argued that Sony completely dominates the console market and therefore blocking the Redmond giant's merger with Activision Blizzard harms the competitiveness of the entire industry.
Microsoft Gains Allies in Dispute With Sony and Plans no Concessions
Wiktor Szczesny, 22 February 2023, 13:27
The tug-of-war between Microsoft and Sony continues. The Americans are determined to put the finishing touches on the deal, so they started looking for allies. The results became visible soon.
Microsoft to Face EU Officials; Meeting Date Revealed
Kamil Kleszyk, 15 February 2023, 14:30
Next week there will be an extremely important meeting between representatives of the Redmond giant and the European Commission for the fate of the merger between Microsoft and Activision Blizzard.
Sony Accuses Microsoft of 'Harassment'
Marcin Przala, 10 February 2023, 14:48
Sony representatives claim that Microsoft is 'harassing' their company and exposing them to millions of dollars in losses in connection with the pending Activision Blizzard acquisition.
CMA: If Activision Sold Call of Duty, Merger With Microsoft Would go Easier
Jacob Blazewicz, 09 February 2023, 11:53
Britain's consumer protection authority does not support Microsoft's purchase of Activision Blizzard. At least not with the Call of Duty series in its catalog.
Microsoft 'Invites' Sony to Court; Wants to Know Its Secrets
Hubert Sledziewski, 24 January 2023, 13:33
Microsoft considers details of PlayStation game development process to be relevant to the Federal Trade Commission's investigation attempting to undermine the Activision Blizzard acquisition. The Redmond giant has therefore invited Sony to court to reveal its secrets.
EU Seems to Have Doubts over Microsoft Takeover of Activision
Jacob Blazewicz, 16 January 2023, 22:13
The European Commission may join the ranks of opponents of the biggest deal in video game history, Reuters reports.
Google and Nvidia Also Fear Microsoft's Merger With Activision
Jakub Tarchala, 13 January 2023, 13:39
The finalization of a record-breaking gaming industry deal between Microsoft and Activision Blizzard could mean a „reshuffling” of the market and a time of great change. Google and Nvidia join the group of companies companies that voice concerns.
Ubisoft in Crisis; Publisher Ridiculed
Sonia Selerska, 12 January 2023, 14:17
The delayed release of Skull and Bones has opened Ubisoft's pandora's box. Wasted money, merger refusals, investor fear - these are just some of the French studio's problems.
Microsoft Fails to Reach Settlement With FTC; Activision Deal Set Back [UPDATE]
Sonia Selerska, 05 January 2023, 14:32
The U.S. Federal Trade Commission has only just begun the process of giving its opinion on Microsoft's acquisition of Activision, but already lawyers are suggesting that finalizing the deal won't be easy.
Microsoft Digs Up Dirt - Sony Blocks Release of Several Xbox Games
Kamil Kleszyk, 23 December 2022, 17:49
From Microsoft's latest report, we learn that Sony was set to block the release of several major Xbox titles. Among them are Final Fantasy VII Remake and Silent Hill 2 Remake.
Microsoft's Acquisition of Activision Blizzard Sued
Wiktor Szczesny, 09 December 2022, 15:16
Microsoft's acquisition of Activision Blizzard is a record-breaking deal in financial terms, but also a legal turmoil. The deal has become the subject of a battle between the American company and a number of authorities. Most recently, the Federal Trade Commission joined in.
Phil Spencer Adamant About Call of Duty's Presence on Steam and Switch
Jakub Tarchala, 07 December 2022, 14:10
Will Microsoft's acquisition of the Call of Duty brand have a significant impact on the PC market? Phil Spencer has a strong opinion on the subject. What's more, the brand is set to return to Nintendo consoles for the first time in 10 years.
Call of Duty on PlayStation for 10 Years - Here's Microsoft's Offer to Sony
Adrian Werner, 06 December 2022, 13:14
To assuage the concerns of market regulators, Microsoft is ready to guarantee that Call of Duty games will be released on PlayStation consoles for the next decade. We learned the details of the deal.
Microsoft Wants to Placate EU Over Activision Blizzard Takeover
Wiktor Szczesny, 29 November 2022, 12:30
The stalemate over the merger of Activision Blizzard and Microsoft has been going on for a very long time. While the European Commission is screening the deal for antitrust violations, Microsoft is reaching out and offering a solution to the problem.
Bobby Kotick Shares Activision Acquisition Date, European Union Doesn't Care
Wiktor Szczesny, 09 November 2022, 13:40
The merger process between Activision Blizzard and Microsoft is picking up steam. We learned the date for the deal finalization. The merger is accompanied by more objections from officials. The European Commission has taken a clear stance on the matter.
European Union to Examine Microsoft's Purchase of Activision
Adrian Werner, 02 November 2022, 13:36
Microsoft is having a lot of trouble getting approval for its acquisition of Activision Blizzard. The European Commission has decided to take a closer look at the matter.
PlayStation Show May Have Been Delayed by Microsoft Investigation
Hubert Sledziewski, 18 October 2022, 15:03
It's possible that Sony's big show dedicated to PS4 and PS5 games has been postponed due to the CMA's investigation into Microsoft's acquisition of Activision Blizzard. The PlayStation brand owners reportedly do not want to give additional arguments to the Redmond giant.
CDP's Ambitious Plans Caused by Takeover Threat? Analysts Deny
Kamil Kleszyk, 16 October 2022, 16:41
CD Projekt's recently announced ambitious plans have, for some, become a hint that the Polish company is preparing for being acquired by a larger entity. What do industry analysts make of this?
Microsoft Won't Cut Sony Off From Call of Duty? The British Doubt It
Hubert Sledziewski, 16 October 2022, 12:54
Britain's Competition and Markets Authority does not believe Microsoft won't stop releasing the Call of Duty series on PlayStation when it acquires Activision Blizzard. The regulator fears this will hurt consumers and disrupt competition in the console market.
Take-Two Claims Microsoft's Activision Deal is 'a Good Thing for the Industry'
Adrian Werner, 12 October 2022, 14:20
The CEO of Take-Two Interactive has nothing against Microsoft's acquisition of Activision Blizzard. He even thinks it will be good for the entire industry.
Microsoft's Acquisition of Activision Approved by Brazil
Adrian Werner, 06 October 2022, 17:52
Microsoft has received approval from Brazil's CADE to acquire Activision Blizzard. However, the corporation is still waiting for a similar move from several other entities.
Activision Blizzard Acquisition is Good for Everyone, Microsoft Argues
Kamil Kleszyk, 04 October 2022, 13:29
It looks like Microsoft is very confident in its acquisition of Activision Blizzard. The Redmond giant has even launched a special website to convince gamers that there be nothing but benefits will come with the deal.
Tencent Gears Up for Big Gaming Acquisitions in Europe
Adrian Werner, 03 October 2022, 13:41
Chinese giant Tencent intends to increase its investment in Western video game companies. It is mainly interested in acquisitions of developers and publishers, especially those in Europe.