Europe delays its decision on the Microsoft and Activision Blizzard deal until May
New day, new episode in the soap opera of Microsoft’s operation to buy Activision Blizzard, a historical movement in the video game sector that is encountering strong supervision by the various competition and antitrust agencies around the world.
In this case it is Europe which has announced that it is going to delay its verdict on the approval of the operation between both entities that was scheduled for April 25 and that is delayed to May 22 due to latest movements that Microsoft has made in the sector and that they could make the European Union agree with the purchase of Activision Blizzard by those from Redmond.
These agreements are none other than those reached by Microsoft to bring all its games, including the Call of Duty saga, to other platforms, closing alliances with Nintendo, NVIDIA, Boosteroid, Ubitus and other companies guaranteeing that the saga will not be exclusive to Xbox for at least the next 10 years.
“We have delivered on our promise to bring Call of Duty to more players on more devices as we announce our agreements to bring the game to Nintendo consoles and NVIDIA streaming services Boosteroid and Ubitus,” a Microsoft representative told Reuters after learning that Europe will delay its final decision. claims they are “backing that promise with binding commitments to the European Commission to guarantee that the agreement benefits the players in the future”, so everything seems to indicate that the EU will finally give the “ok” to the operation.
In the United Kingdom six studies support Microsoft
This news comes just one day after we learned that The British CMA has asked several video game studios about the operation, with Microsoft finding the support of six developers who point out that the operation may even be beneficial for competition in the sector in the United Kingdom.