UK competition watchdog clears Microsoft's Activision Blizzard merger of threatening console competition

UK competition watchdog clears Microsoft’s Activision Blizzard merger of threatening console competition

Sony has long been hostile to the agreement, seeing it as a “threat to our business” that might harm the quality of Call of Duty on PlayStation. Microsoft has made a number of concessions in the hopes of completing the Activision Blizzard acquisition, including 10-year multi-platform commitments for Call of Duty and agreements to launch games on competing cloud platforms.

The UK overseer’s change of heart is insufficient to overcome opposition to the merger in other nations. The US Federal Trade Commission is still attempting to stop the union, pointing out that despite guarantees to European Union regulators, Microsoft made future releases like Redfall Xbox-exclusive on consoles. Those who disagree with the conclusions have until the end of March to submit their comments. Yet, Microsoft’s chances of completing the deal have improved since a major regulatory agency has abandoned its primary cause of concern.