Microsoft’s Acquisition of Activision Blizzard Could Happen Next Week.

Microsoft hopes that its acquisition of Activision Blizzard will be finalised by the 13th of October 2023! They are at the moment waiting for one more positive response from the Competition and Markets Authority.

In a report that was made, it was said that Microsoft would like to make their announcement that the acquisition has been formally approved by all commerce bodies by the 13th of October 2023.

It would seem that the Competition and Markets Authority which is the United Kingdom’s competition regulator has carefully taken into consideration the views of minor and major players in the gaming industry before they make any decision as to whether Microsoft should be allowed to acquire Activision Blizzard.

It seems that the Competitions and Markets Authority have been the toughest ones to convince that the acquisition should go through when it comes to the efforts from Microsoft.

In February 2023 Microsoft was told that it would have to divest Call of Duty for the acquisition to go through but a few months later in April the Competitions and Markets Authority changed its decision after Microsoft said that the franchise would still stay on all platforms for a further 10 years.

The regulator again in April then ruled against the acquisition and referred to Microsoft’s current strength within cloud gaming would be greater with Activision Blizzard within its portfolio.

The Competition and Markets Authority also prevented Microsoft from acquiring Activision Blizzard without first allowing them to grant pre-clearance ahead of time.

A new proposal has now been made that would sell Ubisoft rights to all current and future games from Blizzard Activision for Ubisoft+. The Competition and Markets Authority said that it would now review this version of the acquisition and would make a decision before the 18th of October leading to Microsoft believing it could be as early as the 13th of October.

  1. This has dragged on. It must really annoy Microsoft that tiny Britain can stall their acquisition like this.

  2. Honestly I completely forgot that Microsoft was trying to acquire Activision/Blizzard. I remember there were a lot of Spyro the Dragon fans upset, since they thought Spyro would be on Xbox consoles only. Even if that does happen, I doubt it will be on the Xbox only it will most likely end up on PC too. I’m not bothered by the acquisition myself, even as a Spyro fan.

  3. @Ravenfreak
    I’m a BIG Spyro fan, but even I knew it was extremely unlikely that it would be xbox only. It would not make logical sense after Reignited’s multi-platform release.

    I do really hope that it is available multi-platform, I’d get Spyro 4 on PlayStation, most likely, since that’s my primary console (PC is ultimate primary though).

  4. Well, finally this one saga is coming to an end. I must that it was very annoying for me who doesn’t have any stake in the acquisition, imagine how the heads in Microsoft would have been feeling. Hopefully, the announcement is going to be made today so they can resume everything in full capacity.

  5. I have been a Blizzard fan since I was 10 years old when I started playing World of Warcraft and later Starcraft as well, although I think this acquisition is more oriented to obtaining the rights to Call of Duty which is the game that I think leaves more money from Activision Blizzard, I don’t know why the acquisition has been so complicated, I hope Microsoft doesn’t ruin everything.

    1. UK competition and monopolies watchdog. Stupid that it took so long. Massive boon for Xbox gamers.

  6. The announcement have been made and it’s official today that Microsoft owns Activision Blizzard. Sony was rattled by this acquisition of Activision Blizzard by Microsoft as it looked like they wanted to have monopoly in the gaming industry. Activision Blizzard haven’t in a good state before the company was sold to Microsoft.

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