Microsoft’s Path to Acquiring Blizzard Facing Global Roadblocks


Microsoft Corp. is working to convince a global gaming community that its quest to acquire Activision Blizzard for more than $68 billion will come with more benefits than drawbacks. As Evan J. Lancaster reports, “The worry is, given the notable reputation, experience, and history of Activision Blizzard and Microsoft—independent from the upcoming merger—the convergence of the respective software and technology conglomerates would create an unfair advantage in the market.”

The Competition and Markets Authority, a department of the U.K. government aimed at strengthening business competition and preventing and reducing anti-competitive activities, is looking into the proposed merger and, at one point in an early background report, notes that the proposed merger may give rise to a “realistic prospect of a substantial lessening of competition (SLC) in gaming consoles, multi-game subscription services, and cloud gaming services.”

Click here for Lancaster’s full report on this developing story.

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