The European Union has launched a "in-depth" probe into Microsoft's acquisition of Activision Blizzard

The European Union has launched a “in-depth” probe into Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard

Activision Blizzard also released a letter from CEO Bobby Kotick. “The European Commission confirmed last week that we have launched the second phase of our regional evaluation.” We will continue to work with the European Commission, where we have many workers in the nations they represent,” Kotick added. “We have been working closely with Microsoft to aggressively engage authorities in other major countries in order to answer their queries and provide them with material to aid in their evaluation.”

The Commission will not necessarily prohibit the acquisition, but it may severely delay it and push Microsoft to make concessions. Xbox CEO Phil Spencer has taken aggressive steps to appease authorities. “We’re not going to take Call of Duty away from PlayStation.” “That was not our intention,” he recently said. “Our objective is not to stop that, and as long as there are PlayStations to ship to, we want to continue shipping Call of Duty on PlayStation.”