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Microsoft’s UK appeal against blocking Activision deal set for July hearing despite CMA’s attempt to drag out process
Microsoft is now preparing for a summer fight with the UK regulator, as the country’s Competition Appeal Tribunal has set a timeframe for an appeal hearing. The Competition and Markets Authority failed to convince the court to adjourn the case.
EU approves Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard, sees no harm to cloud gaming market
Microsoft can breath a sigh of relief for a while as the European Commission has finally cleared its $68.7 billion acquisition of Activision Blizzard. The regulator found remedies offered by Microsoft in the cloud gaming area compelling enough.
UK regulator bans Microsoft and Activision from investing in each other without its written consent
The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has imposed new restrictions on Microsoft and Activision Blizzard after banning the $68.7 billion deal. The two companies are now not allowed to acquire shares in each other.
xCloud generated less than $50 million for Microsoft in 2021, but estimated to become largest cloud gaming service in 2026
Microsoft’s xCloud is estimated to become the largest cloud gaming service globally, according to data shared by the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA). Here are some findings about the market that has become a bone of contention in the Activision Blizzard deal.
UK regulator may ban Microsoft from buying Activision Blizzard for 10 years, “absent a change of circumstances”
People continue to find new details in the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority’s (CMA) 415-page report on its decision to block Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard. The merger may be banned for the next 10 years.
UK Competition and Markets Authority has prevented Microsoft’s proposed purchase of Activision Blizzard
The UK Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has prevented Microsoft’s proposed purchase of Activision Blizzard after an in-depth review of the deal. The CMA is concerned that the deal will harm the local cloud gaming market.
Expert explains why cloud gaming shouldn’t be considered distinct market by antitrust regulators
Cloud gaming is one of the concerns that antitrust regulators have over Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard. But is it really a distinc market? Here are some thoughts from Joost Rietveld, associate professor in the department of Strategy & Entrepreneurship at the UCL School of Management.
Japanese regulator clears Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard, sees no substantial harm to competition
The Japan Fair Trade Commission (JFTC) has reviewed Microsoft’s proposed acquisition of Activision Blizzard. According to the regulator, the $68.7 billion deal won’t reduce competition in the market.
UK regulator says it “would not be commercially beneficial” to Microsoft to make CoD exclusive to Xbox
The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has updated its provisional findings related to Microsoft’s proposed acquisition of Activision Blizzard. Due to new evidence, the regulator has narrowed the scope of its concerns.
Microsoft updates its [email protected] acceleration program to help underrepresented devs with porting and prototyping
Microsoft has announced some major changes to its [email protected] program. The updated acceleration initiative aims to empower underrepresented indie game developers and lower barriers to entry for them.
Microsoft offers new remedies to EU, making regulator delay its ruling on Activision Blizzard deal
Microsoft has offered the European Commission a package of remedies related to its proposed acquisition of Activision Blizzard and the future of the Call of Duty franchise. The regulator has now postponed the deadline for its final decision.
“Microsoft always honors their contracts and obligations”: 6 game companies support Activision Blizzard acquisition
The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has posted responses to its provisional findings from six game companies. They shared their thoughts on Microsoft’s proposed acquisition of Activision Blizzard, seeing no reason for this deal to be blocked.
FTC wants more documents from Microsoft, including info about its ‘next-generation gaming ecosystem’
The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is now demanding additional documents from Microsoft. The regulator wants more information related to the company’s $68.7 billion acquisition of Activision Blizzard.
Microsoft rejects UK regulator’s divestment proposal. Sony wants CoD to “remain in independent hands”
Microsoft and Sony have responded to the provisional findings of the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority. The main stumbling blocks are the potential exclusivity of Call of Duty and the impact of the Activision Blizzard deal on consoles and subscription services.
Microsoft says only 3% of PlayStation players to switch consoles if Call of Duty becomes Xbox exclusive
The UK’s Competition & Markets Authority (CMA) overestimates the importance of the Call of Duty franchise, according to Microsoft. The company is now trying to argue that this IP won’t make most PlayStation players switch to Xbox.
FTC grants Microsoft access to Sony’s exclusivity agreements and some of its internal documents
The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has ruled on Sony’s motion to ban Microsoft from searching its internal documents related to the Activision Blizzard deal. The Japanese publisher will now have to mostly comply with the subpoena.
Phil Spencer on Xbox future in case Activision Blizzard deal falls apart: “It’s not some linchpin for the long term”
The $68.7 billion acquisition of Activision Blizzard is not an easy ride for Microsoft, which is still trying to convince regulators to clear it. Phil Spencer, however, is confident that the future of Xbox doesn’t depend on its outcome.