Japan Approves Microsoft Activision Blizzard Acquisition

Japan Approves The Deal!

Recent events have made the Activision Blizzard acquisition appear more likely for Microsoft. The CMA recently cleared its suspicion of harm to console competition and is now focused on the cloud market.

Additionally, a lawsuit from gamers against Microsoft was also dismissed. While none of this guarantees the deal’s success, they are small but meaningful steps toward Microsoft’s ultimate goal.

A few days after these events, Japan joined the list of countries approving the Activision Blizzard acquisition. The Japan Fair Trade Commission believes the merger will not harm competition in the country.

Previously, countries like Serbia, Chile, and Brazil approved the ongoing merger. With Japan joining the list, over five countries are now in favor of the deal.

Sony and Nintendo are the dominant forces in the Japanese console market. Microsoft makes up for only a tiny fraction of the gaming industry in the region, eliminating the risks of a monopoly after the merger.

Much of the tension around the deal has revolved around Call of Duty. However, Call of Duty is generally not as popular in Japan, making it much easier for the Japan Fair Trade Commission to reach a definite conclusion.

JRPGs games and major franchises like Final Fantasy also have a limited presence on Xbox consoles. Big AAA releases like Final Fantasy 7 Remake are still console exclusive to PlayStation, giving the Japanese audience little reason to try the Xbox brand.

Final Fantasy 16 is also released as a PlayStation 5 console exclusive, and it remains to be seen if the game will eventually make its way to the Xbox platform.

The following months are expected to be extremely important for the future of the Activision deal. Regulators like the CMA will reveal their final decision in April, and this recent approval may help Microsoft make a better case for the merger.

Was our article helpful? 👨‍💻

Thank you! Please share your positive feedback. 🔋

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

Avinash Jaisrani
Avinash Jaisrani
News reporter with years of experience who is creative and motivated. Excellent narrative abilities and a keen sense of the truth. Highly enthusiastic about the gaming and tech industry with a passion for writing.

Latest News


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Follow Us



Elden Ring Was The Most Played Steam Deck Game In May

Elden Ring has reached the top of the Steam Deck charts, becoming the most popular game on the handheld from last month.

Stalker 2 Will Not Be Showed At The Xbox Games Showcase

Stalker 2 will not be present at the upcoming Xbox showcase, as confirmed by the GSC community manager's recent response.

Payday 3 Reportedly Releasing On September 21

Payday 3 received a teaser trailer last month, and now a popular leaker has reported a release date of September 21 for the game.

GTA 6 Will Sell Over 25 Million Copies At Launch, Analyst Predicts

An industry expert predicts that Rockstar's next title, GTA 6, could sell a whopping 25 million copies at launch.

No More Heroes Dev Teasing New Announcement For June 15

Grasshopper Manufacture, developers behind games like No More Heroes have teased a new announcement for 15 June.