Activision deal is expanding antitrust investigation

British competition watchdog CMA may expand antitrust investigation into Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard.

That writes The Financial Times (via VGC). CMA is concerned about the acquisition because Sony could be seriously affected by it. Especially the Call of Duty series and Xbox Game Pass are labeled as pain points. According to the newspaper, Microsoft has not provided solutions to the concerns.

Should the investigation proceed to phase 2, an independent panel will be set up to investigate the acquisition further. It will then be reassessed whether the deal can cause a substantial reduction in competition.

According to the newspaper, experts also expect the European watchdog to conduct an extensive investigation when Microsoft files the case in Brussels. “It’s a big deal, a tough deal,” said a Brussels source. “It needs an extensive investigation”.

Microsoft announced earlier this year that it plans to buy Activision Blizzard for $68.7 billion. Since then, the deal has been under investigation by several government agencies. This is to ensure that, for example, no monopoly position arises as a result of the takeover. The deal was previously approved in Brazil and Saudi Arabia. The authorities in the United States and the European Union have not yet issued their ruling.

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