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UK Concerned With Microsoft’s Activision Blizzard Acquisition

The United Kingdom has expressed concerns regarding Microsoft’s purchase of publisher Activision Blizzard.

The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) ruled on 1 September that the merger may result “in a substantial lessening of competition within a market or markets in the United Kingdom.”

They also highlighted that Microsoft owning IPs like Call of Duty and World of Warcraft may potentially withhold them from rival companies like Sony.

While this ruling will hinder Microsoft’s acquisition, there can still overrule it. They would need to present evidence to the CMA proving that the merger wouldn’t impact competition in the UK gaming market.

Microsoft and Activision Blizzard have until 8 September to make their case, so we just have to wait and see for their response.


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