UK Drops Console Concern Over Microsoft-Activision Deal

The Competition and Markets Authority said it would not make financial sense for Microsoft to make "Call of Duty" exclusive to its Xbox console, and it would instead still have the incentive to continue to make the game available on PlayStation.
30 March 2023
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Microsoft's plan to acquire "Call of Duty" maker Activision Blizzard for a whopping $69 billion has faced more hurdles than a video game obstacle course. However, Britain's competition regulator has just given the green light, stating that the purchase won't damage competition in gaming consoles. 

This new information follows their recent findings that it wouldn't make financial sense for Microsoft to make the game exclusive to Xbox, maintaining competition with PlayStation. 

Microsoft has since offered Sony a licence deal to address those concerns.

Nevertheless, the regulator is keeping a close eye on the impact of the deal on cloud gaming. With this major obstacle now cleared, Microsoft is one step closer to making this the biggest takeover in gaming history.

- CyberBeat


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