Microsoft and Activision Blizzard see new restrictions contra Xbox Series X|S y PCthe CMA of UK it now says that both need to ask for permission before “buying out” each other.
We now know this thanks to GamesIndustry.biz, where they report that the Competition and Markets Authority as the UK regulator has imposed on the two publishers and developers.
After blocking the merger of both and seeing that Activision is not giving up and that neither is Microsoft, it seems that the regulators want to raise the temperature a little more; In case everything wasn’t already warm enough.
A provisional order recently published by the agency details the new restrictions onacquisition of shares” about Xbox and Activision Blizzard.
Under the CMA’s order, both will need prior written consent from the regulator before either will want to do the following:
Acquire a stake in the other company or any subsidiary, such as investing in the other company’s development studios. Acquire a stake in another company that in turn has a stake in the other company. Maintain an option to acquire an interest in any of the above.
The CMA itself has said that these restrictions have been added “in order to avoid preventive actions” both from Activision Blizzard as from Microsoft.
As long as UK regulators continue to block the merger between the two, they can only hope that the appeal will go in favor of the merger. Windows creator.
The logo of both also includes the King studio
Although their merger was approved in markets such as Japan, South Africa, Saudi Arabia, Chile and Ukraine, they need those of the FTC, CMA and the EU; although the latter is said to be favorable soon.
Meanwhile, Phil Spencer himself has also spoken about the blocking of the CMA before the purchase of the studio and has already said what will happen if Microsoft cannot finally merge with it.
The most interesting thing is that it already said something else about whether Xbox will surpass Sony or Nintendo: “there is no great solution or victory for us.”
For the moment, the UK CMA placed further restrictions on Microsoft and Activision Blizzard on purchases and mergers. Will it have repercussions on the merger of both?