The UK’s CMA has made it extremely difficult for the Redmond tech giant to acquire Activision Blizzard.
According to Digital Trends, Microsoft had many difficulties in finding approval for the deal with Activision Blizzard, but they just overcame a major obstacle.
Specifically, the UK’s CMA – which previously blocked the deal over concerns about its impact on the cloud gaming market, recently said that it “provisionally concluded” that Microsoft had resolved the company’s biggest problems with the acquisition deal.
Specifically, Microsoft will give cloud gaming rights for Activision Blizzard games to Ubisoft. CMA explained in a press release that: “The pre-sale of cloud gaming licenses will position Ubisoft as the primary content provider for cloud gaming services. In contrast to the agreement Under the initial agreement, Microsoft will no longer control cloud gaming rights to Activision’s content, and therefore will also not have the power to restrict access to Activision’s major properties for gaming services. play on their own cloud or refuse to offer those games to competitors”.
CMA’s press release also revealed that Ubisoft will have the ability to ask Microsoft to port Activision games to operating systems other than Windows and support game emulators when required. Of course, both Microsoft and Activision Blizzard are quite happy about this.
The final decision from the CMA is expected to be made on October 6. Because Microsoft president Brad Smith said Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard is expected to close on October 18.