European Commission Believes Activision Merger Promotes Competition

Doing The Opposite Of Limiting Competition!

Microsoft recently earned a significant approval from the European Commission on the ongoing Activision Blizzard acquisition. Previously, the CMA blocked the deal, and the UK regulator came out to disagree with the European Commission after announcing the decision.

While the decision behind the approval has already been explained, a new statement from the European Commission hints at further support for the merger. According to the regulator, Microsoft’s $68.7 billion deal will promote even more competition in the future.

Why it matters: Limiting competition has been the biggest concern for PlayStation and authorities when looking at Microsoft’s latest acquisition.

Microsoft Activision Blizzard

 Addressing the merger, the regulator recently said:

“To us, this solution fully addressed our concerns. And on top of that, it had significant procompetitive effects.”

The authority pointed to Microsoft’s remedies that were agreed upon before the merger was accepted in Europe.

According to the remedies, Microsoft would provide a free license for Activision games to cloud-gaming providers. This would also allow customers to choose the subscription of their choice to access Activision Blizzard’s catalog.

The European Commission argues that this will promote competition. In a scenario where the merger was blocked, games like Call of Duty would not be made available for streaming services.

However, Microsft’s agreement means that even smaller cloud-gaming services can offer these popular titles.

On the other hand, both the CMA and European Commission also identified that there is little reason for Microsoft to limit Call of Duty to Xbox consoles since PlayStation still has a much larger player base.

As such, the merger could lead to several positive developments in the gaming industry without harming existing competition in the console market.

Latest News


Follow Us



Far Cry 6 Is Classified As Another AAAA Game By Ubisoft

Ubisoft was aiming for AAAA games as early as 2020 since Far Cry 6 has also been classified among AAAA games by Ubisoft.

Helldivers 2 Is An Exception In Live Service Genre, Says Gears Creator

Gears of War creator Cliff Bleszinski believes titles like Helldivers 2 and Palworld are not the general rule of live-service gaming.

Fans Believe The Elder Scrolls 6 Hype Has Been Shattered After Starfield

Fans believe that the outdated design in Starfield has impacted anticipation for The Elder Scrolls 6 as Bethesda is still living in the past.

Corsair Expands Mice Family With M75 & M75 Wireless

The Corsair M75 and M75 Wireless come with all the essential features needed for a solid, competitive gaming experience.

The Division: Warzone From Ubisoft Rated In Taiwan

The Taiwanese Game Rating Board has recently rated a new title in the Division universe named The Division: Warzone.