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UK regulator narrows concerns on Microsoft’s Activision deal for Xbox

What you need to know

  • Microsoft is currently in the process of acquiring Activision Blizzard for almost $69 billion. 
  • The deal is facing regulatory scrutiny around the world, particularly from the CMA in the U.K, the FTC in the U.S, and the European Commission. 
  • The CMA previously indicated in its provisional findings that Microsoft could make Call of Duty exclusive, causing competition concerns with Sony’s PlayStation. 
  • The CMA updated its provisional findings to note that this is no longer a concern.

The saga of Microsoft’s biggest acquisition ever may finally be beginning to wind down, with a major update from one of the big regulators. 

The CMA in the U.K. shared (opens in new tab) on Friday that it is updating its provisional findings, as there is no longer a cause for concern that Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard could cause competition concerns in gaming consoles.

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