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Game on for UK’s deeper antitrust probe of Microsoft-Activision  

By Editor - Thu Sep 15, 7:57 am

The UK’s competition watchdog has confirmed it will move to an in-depth investigation of the Microsoft-Activision $68.7BN gaming mega-deal, a couple of weeks after it signalled concerns about the proposed acquisition. Earlier this month, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) said it was worried Microsoft could harm rivals in the gaming industry by restricting access to popular Activision titles. It also expressed concerns about the impact on development of the more nascent cloud-gaming market. “The CMA has referred the anticipated acquisition by Microsoft Corporation of Activision Blizzard, Inc. for an in-depth investigation, on the basis that, on the information currently available to it, it is or may be the case that this Merger may be expected to result in a substantial lessening of competition within a market or markets in the United Kingdom,” the regulator wrote in an update on the case today. It also confirmed the (four) individuals appointed to the inquiry group.

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Game on for UK’s deeper antitrust probe of Microsoft-Activision

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