UK Competition Body Scrutinizes Microsoft Deal to Buy Activision Blizzard

The $68.7 billion takeover is seen as a potential threat to the British gaming sector

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Britain’s competition watchdog has identified “potential concerns” around the $68.7 billion deal agreed by Microsoft to acquire Activision Blizzard and how it may hurt the U.K. industry.

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has claimed that the acquisition could “substantially lessen” competition in the gaming sector around gaming console sales, multi-game subscription services and cloud gaming.

The deal, agreed in January, is seen as a way for Microsoft, which produces the Xbox gaming console, to grow its online subscriptions through major gaming franchises such as Call of Duty and World of Warcraft.



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