In a matter of weeks we will know if the Activision Blizzard purchase falls through or receives the approval of the most important regulatory bodies in the world. So far we know that Microsoft is trying to curry favor with regulators through deals. During a 10 year periodXbox has promised to bring Call of Duty titles to Nintendo consoles in the event the deal shuts down.
However, of China Little has been said about it and it is one of the major industry markets of video games. The middle equity report has spoken with two antitrust lawyers who have dealt with both parties and make it clear that “it is likely that the SAMR from China approve the acquisition of the video game publisher Activision Blizzard by Microsoft, despite the fact that the review process was slowed down due to possible complaints“.
As they point out from The Gamer, Tencent would have ruled in favor of the purchase, and the complaints would come from other companies. For now, it is best to wait for the decisions of the regulators to be communicated. On the other hand, Microsoft has managed to close another deal recently and ease the concerns of NVIDIA, which will have Activision Blizzard games available on GeForce Now.
Pending the most important regulatory bodies
A final decision from the regulatory bodies will have to wait several weeks, but what is known so far is that the UK CMA suggested Call of Duty’s divestment from the deal, something Microsoft initially rejected. On the other hand, the European Union issued an antitrust warning to Microsoft, but still have to negotiate to address their concerns.