Xbox and Microsoft continue to fight tooth and claw over the deal to acquire Activision Blizzard.
It has been over a year since it was announced that Microsoft was about to acquire Activision Blizzard and integrate them into its division of Xbox Game Studios. The deal since it was announced has received a lot of controversy and skeptical opinions about what this could imply in the modern video game landscape.
Obviously, there are also people who celebrate the union, especially Xbox fans eagerly awaiting to receive all the Activision Blizzard IPs in game passand people within the industry who they see it as a positive change that could help reform Activision Blizzard after so many internal harassment and unethical issues sponsored by their leaders.
However, this deal has been put on hold due to strong opposition from Sony and the UK to the deal, despite the go-ahead from the European Union, the CMA (UK Competition and Market Authority) has decided to block the deal. Apparently there has been talk in certain forums and communities that the UK has a preference for Sony consoles, and even the rumor that they have been paid to oppose it.
Microsoft has filed an appeal challenging the UK CMA’s decision to block its $69 billion deal to acquire Activision Blizzard. pic.twitter.com/3bmROron9N
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The latter are obviously rumors and there is no way to confirm it, what we can confirm is that Microsoft has decided, once again, go the legal way and fight deal objections. This happened a few days ago and the hearing has just been confirmed for July 24, as reported by Eurogamer.
In court then the arguments of Microsoft and the arguments of the CMA, to arrive at the decision whether or not the decision can be appealed. Finally, even if the appeal is approved, Microsoft’s deal will have to be reviewed again by the CMA and get your approval.