Microsoft’s Revised Activision Deal Gets CMA’s Nod with Ubisoft Cloud Streaming Rights

Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) Pleased with Revised Microsoft-Activision Deal, Pending Additional Safeguards

The UK’s competition regulator, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA), has issued a statement expressing satisfaction with Microsoft’s adjusted plans to sell Activision’s cloud streaming rights to Ubisoft, stating that it “substantially addresses most concerns” related to the proposed Microsoft-Activision acquisition.

Back in April, the CMA had halted the acquisition, citing worries that it could have adverse effects on competition in the UK’s cloud gaming sector. In response, Microsoft recently announced that, should the merger proceed, it would transfer “the cloud streaming rights for all current and new Activision Blizzard PC and console games released over the next 15 years to Ubisoft Entertainment SA.” This announcement has garnered a favorable response from the CMA.