One of the largest acquisitions in the history of video games was made by Microsoft earlier this year. There has been a lot of discussion about what this might entail for the gaming business ever since. It appears that the UK is interested in commenting on Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard.
A RECAP IS HERE Activision Blizzard’s planned acquisition by Microsoft was first reported in January of this year. This was a massive deal that eclipsed Take-$12.7 Two’s billion purchase of Zynga. Activision Blizzard was acquired by Microsoft for a staggering $68.7 billion.
Even though the acquisition was made about a year ago, it is still not quite complete. Before Microsoft can formally buy Activision Blizzard, several governmental organizations will need to examine this purchase because such a big portion of the game industry is merging into one business.
Advertisement The acquisition of Activision Blizzard by Microsoft is being investigated in the UK. Most of us had assumed that the American government would get involved, but other governments have taken notice of this arrangement. The UK is now investigating this transaction.
The UK’s Competition and Marketing Agency is currently scrutinizing this significant acquisition. The agency is looking into whether this acquisition would significantly decrease competition.
This is the overarching theme for any agency that might investigate the sale. Microsoft actually purchased a sizable portion of the gaming industry. If this agreement is fully implemented, Microsoft’s player base will have grown by more than 400 million monthly players.
Advertisement Under Microsoft’s control, there will be a wide variety of games that cannot be played on other platforms. Because the Call of Duty series is now owned by Microsoft, PlayStation fans won’t be able to play any Call of Duty games for a while. Under Microsoft, there are other other properties including World of Warcraft, Diablo, Overwatch, Starcraft, and numerous other smaller franchises.
As early as September, the UK might dispatch a probe to check into the transaction. Microsoft can therefore continue to wait for the transaction.