The UK and Brussels will investigate the Activision-Microsoft deal in depth, determining whether it is anti-competitive, and they anticipate that it will be a lengthy investigation.
The agreement of purchase of Microsoft and Activision for almost 70 million dollars it could be more complicated than Microsoft would like. According to sources in the Financial Times, the regulatory process is likely to take longer than expected.
On the one hand, in United Kingdom: The CMA (Competition and Markets Authority) will go to “phase 2” with an in-depth (and long) investigation, given the lack of resources issued by Microsoft.
On the other hand, in Europewhere a source from the European Economic Commission anticipates that the investigation will be a long processwhich will begin when Microsoft presents its case in Brussels.
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The investigation of the CMA in the United Kingdom has been giving something to talk about for some time, as it is one of the antitrust commissions that has most scrutinized this agreement, along with the similar one in Brazil.
According to sources in the Financial Times, no appeal that Microsoft could have filed would have stopped phase 2 of the investigation. The regulatory commissions will determine the validity of the purchase agreement of Activision by Microsoft, which until now has raised doubts around the world, although nothing that Microsoft had not anticipated.
Activision has yet to present the case to CEE regulators, and according to sources in the Financial Times, it will be a long process given the scale and nature of the buyer, a large technology company that raises questions among antitrust policymakers. “It’s a big, tough deal, needs extensive research“.
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The main concern of these commissions is that the agreement be anti-competitive and disloyal disadvantage to other companies by preventing franchises like Call of Duty from coming out on other platforms.
Last week, in the midst of the investigations, Jim Ryan made his harshest statements, calling Microsoft’s settlement inadequate, by which They could only keep Call of Duty on PlayStation for four more years than agreed with Activision prior to the deal.
Phil Spencer, CEO of Microsoft Gaming, confirms that the agreement will go ahead, and they hope that all the papers will be signed by the summer of 2023.