As British regulator blocks move, EC approves Activision Blizzard takeover
The Europe Commission recently approved Microsoft's acquisition of game developer Activision Blizzard. However, the approval is subject to certain conditions that must guarantee the availability of the publisher's library of games.
According to the EC, the acquisition does not threaten the posit... Read more
British regulator blocks Microsoft acquisition of Activision Blizzard
British regulator CMA has blocked Microsoft's acquisition of Activision. The Competitions and Markets Authority claims that innovation and consumer choice in cloud gaming are at odds with the high-profile move.
Microsoft still has the right of appeal in order to try to reverse the decision. The ... Read more
Microsoft’s Activision acquisition expected to secure EU approval
Microsoft's $69 billion acquisition of Activision is expected to receive EU antitrust approval, as the tech giant offers licensing deals to rivals to ease concerns.
The acquisition, announced in January 2022, is Microsoft's biggest ever and will enable the company to compete with Tencent and Son... Read more
Microsoft pleads its case to EU for green light to buy Activision
Microsoft has to convince antitrust regulators that the deal won't hurt competition.
Microsoft President Brad Smith is travelling to Brussels this week to make a very important pitch to European regulators, according to Reuters. His challenge is to convince the antitrust watchdogs from multiple ... Read more
‘European Commission objects to acquisition of Activision Blizzard’
Insiders told Reuters that the European Commission is expected to inform Microsoft of objections to the acquisition of Activision Blizzard sometime in the coming weeks.
Microsoft announced the acquisition of Activision Blizzard in 2022. Activision Blizzard develops well-known games such as Call... Read more
EU’s Microsoft-Activision probe to continue to 2nd phase
Two insiders told Politico that the European Commission is ready to open an in-depth second-phase probe into Microsoft's record $69 billion acquisition of games publisher Activision-Blizzard.
Microsoft had until October 31 to respond to a first-phase probe by the EU's competition authorities. Th... Read more
Microsoft’s Activision Blizzard buyout faces probes in UK and EU
Microsoft's $75 billion acquisition of video game developer Activision Blizzard is under thorough investigation in Brussels and the United Kingdom amid rising worries of anti-competitive risks. Sony is worried that the merger prevents rivals from accessing the hit game franchise Call of Duty.
Ac... Read more
Microsoft acquisition of Activision under scrutiny from FTC
Bloomberg News reported late on Monday that the US antitrust review of Microsoft's $68.7 billion proposed acquisition of Activision Blizzard Inc., the maker of Call of Duty will be handled by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). The report cited someone familiar with the matter.
The FTC, not the ... Read more
Microsoft acquires Activision Blizzard for 61 billion euros
Microsoft is acquiring Activision Blizzard for 69 billion dollars (61 billion euros), the largest acquisition in Microsoft's history.
Activision Blizzard is responsible for developing leading titles such as Call of Duty and World of Warcraft. According to Microsoft, the acquisition should contri... Read more