CMA Has Blocked The Activision Blizzard Acquisition

Bad News For Microsoft!

The CMA was due to announce its final decision on Activision Blizzard and Microsoft’s ongoing merger today. Previously, the regulator dismissed concerns regarding console competition, choosing to focus on cloud competition going forward.

This meant that many had expected the UK regulator to approve the deal. However, the CMA’s final decision has been a shock to the gaming industry. In a surprising turn of events, the CMA has decided to block the Microsoft-Activision Blizzard merger.

Activision blizzard

The decision comes after the regulator believes Microsoft did not address concerns in the cloud gaming market.

Previously, Microsoft signed deals with various cloud-gaming providers like Ubitus, Nvidia, Boosteroid, and more. However, these did not meet the CMA’s expectations.

The gaming giant also provided remedies in an attempt to address these concerns, but the CMA found these remedies inadequate, stating that IPs like Call of Duty, Overwatch, and more would give Microsoft too big of an advantage over the market.

Following the decision, Microsoft’s Brad Smith has stated that the gaming giant will appeal the decision.

However, this might make the $68.7 billion acquisition much more complex than the gaming giant would have liked.

The FTC is already against the merger, going as far as to sue Microsoft over the deal. Microsoft hoped that the CMA’s approval would give the company an edge over other regulators, but this may not be the case anymore.

Was our article helpful? 👨‍💻

Thank you! Please share your positive feedback. 🔋

How could we improve this post? Please Help us. 😔

Latest News


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Follow Us



Sony Believes PS5 Has Several Advantages Over PC Due To Ease of Use

The Senior Vice President of SIE recently addressed the benefits of playing games on the PS5 over the PC, pointing to ease of use.

Hogwarts Legacy Is Google’s Most Searched Game In 2023

Hogwarts Legacy has topped multiple charts this year, and Google confirms that it was also the most searched game of 2023.

The Day Before Loses 85% of Its Players Amid Terrible Launch

The Day Before entered early access recently, but its peak concurrent player count is already down to less than half of the day one result.

GTA 6 Features First Female Protagonist With Bonnie And Clyde-Like Story

Rockstar Games is introducing Lucia with GTA 6, the first major female character in the Grand Theft Auto series.

PlayStation Users Frustrated After Multiple Reports of Sudden Suspensions

Multiple users have reported that their PlayStation accounts are being suspended for seemingly no valid reason.