Microsoft's Activision Blizzard acquisition gets preliminary approval from CMA

The CMA says Microsoft has remedied its concerns, but a final decision will come next month.


As Microsoft fights to secure its acquisition of Activision Blizzard, one of the major hang-ups on closing the deal has been pushback from UK regulators. The CMA has objected to the deal primarily due to the potential for Microsoft to monopolize the cloud gaming business. Microsoft restructured the deal to not purchase Activision’s cloud gaming rights, instead selling them to Ubisoft. The CMA has reviewed the new deal and shared a positive update, indicating a likely approval next month.

The CMA (Competition and Markets Authority) posted a press release today to give an update on the state of the Microsoft Activision Blizzard deal, which it blocked earlier this year. After Microsoft reworked and resubmitted the deal to the CMA in August, the regulating group appeared more likely to allow the deal to be completed.

An operator holding a rifle in Modern Warfare 2.

Source: Activision Blizzard

The CMA will issue its final decision on October 6. As things currently stand, it seems all but confirmed that the group will give a thumbs up to Microsoft’s industry-changing deal to acquire Activision Blizzard. We’ll be sure to share any potential updates on the situation between now and then.

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