acquisition Activision Blizzardits creator Call of Duty and World of Warcraft From Microsoft, from $69 billion It was approved by the European Union in a move that puts Brussels at odds with the British side over the huge electronic games deal.
The European Union accepted Microsoft’s concessions on Cloud gamingthe same problem you drove Competition and Markets Authority to block the transaction Last month. the The proposed agreement will Microsoft, the manufacturer of the console, was contacted X-Boxwith the video game development company behind titles like World of Warcraftthe Hearthstonethe Candy Crush Saga And Overwatch.
It was the step taken by the European Commission executive arm of the mass, will lit Microsoft is hopeful of the deal and is preparing to contest it The decision of the Capital Markets Authority. Federal Trade Commission in the United States He also opposes the takeover and is suing to prevent it.
Initial commission investigation He found that the deal could hurt competition in the cloud gaming sectorwhich allows users to stream video games stored on remote servers to their devices, as well as to power competing PC operating systems. But the commission said on Monday it had accepted Microsoft’s proposed solutions, including issuing a free license to cloud game providers to allow European players to stream any Activision Blizzard games for PC and consoles.
These obligations It fully addresses the competition concerns identified by the commission and is a great improvement for cloud game broadcasting over the current situation.said the Commissioner guardianciting the fact that Activision Blizzard does not currently license its games to Game streaming services in the clouds.
The decision of the European Union will help Microsoft if the United States technology company success To overturn the Capital Market Authority in the Court of Appeal of Competition, she said Ann Witt Professor of Antitrust Law at the College of Business Administration EDHEC in France. Otherwise, Witt added, the UK’s objection could still force the abandonment of the deal.
“It doesn’t matter If they are successful in overturning the decision in the UK Competition Court of Appeal. But if Microsoft loses in the UK, the game is on It’s still overunless Microsoft decides to withdraw from the UK market.
The FTC is seeking to block the Activision acquisition, although some Legal experts They argue that, based on historical precedentthe FTC may struggle to beat Microsoft.
Activision reported that its objection United kingdom It could destroy the deal in an announcement to its shareholders He walkssaying the deal could be terminated if “any action is taken by any governmental authority with jurisdiction … that prohibits, renders illegal or prohibits the completion of the merger and becomes final and not subject to appeal”.
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