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Microsoft’s $69 billion Activision deal faces in-depth UK inquiry


Microsoft‘s $69 billion deal to purchase online game firm Activision Blizzard faces an in-depth antitrust investigation in Britain after the tech firm refused to supply proposals to ease competitors considerations.

Britain’s Competition and Markets Authority mentioned Thursday that it was referring the blockbuster deal for extra scrutiny underneath a so-called phase 2 investigation.

The watchdog mentioned that based mostly on the out there data, the deal “could also be anticipated to end in a considerable lessening of competitors” in the UK.

The all-cash deal, which is ready to be the biggest within the historical past of the tech business, is dealing with scrutiny from competitors regulators around the globe. It might give Microsoft, maker of the Xbox console and gaming system, management of well-liked recreation franchises corresponding to Name of Responsibility, World of Warcraft and Sweet Crush.

Within the U.Ok., regulators had opened a preliminary inquiry and threatened to escalate it earlier this month until the businesses got here up with proposals inside 5 days to ease their considerations.

Final week, “Microsoft knowledgeable the CMA that it might not provide such undertakings,” the watchdog mentioned.

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Microsoft declined to remark and referred to an announcement this month from President Brad Smith, who mentioned the corporate is able to work with U.Ok. regulators and is dedicated to creating Activision’s well-liked Name of Responsibility recreation out there on each Xbox and rival Sony’s PlayStation.

Greater than eight months after Microsoft introduced the deal, solely Saudi Arabia has authorized it. Competitors watchdogs from New Zealand to Brazil and the U.S. are nonetheless inspecting the acquisition, whereas the European Union is predicted to quickly announce its personal investigation.

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