The Competition and Markets Authority begins to close the case that it presented to Microsoft in July of last year, and which is waiting for the acquisition of Activision Blizzard by the Xbox company, a situation that has both the European entity and the company concerned. to Sony for the risk that the purchase would affect the video game market. Finally, one month after reaching the deadline to complete the investigation, the CMA released reports with results that favor Microsoft.
These reports announce that the CMA was concerned about the acquisition of Activision, considering the adverse effects that this purchase would have on Microsoft’s competition, mainly Sony, similar to a monopoly effect. However, after receiving different evidence from Microsoft, Sony, and different studies in favor of the purchase, the British authority concluded that there is insufficient evidence to assume that the acquisition sought by Microsoft will have negative consequences for competitors.
Previous information obtained by the director of Gamesindustry.biz
The last stage of the trial has the Call of Duty franchise as its protagonist because it is one of the most important franchises for Sony. Although Microsoft has mentioned that it is not its main intention to take away the titles from the competition, the owner of Playstation shows no intention of negotiating to keep the licenses for ten years, although this decision gives them time to look for an option that allows maintaining even competition.
Despite the fact that the conclusion of the CMA is not final and there is still time for the final verdict to change, everything indicates that Microsoft is beginning to have green light to achieve his goal of buying Activision Blizzard. A news that for Sony is negative, despite the evidence to the contrary.
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