Jul 11, 2023

Microsoft bid for Call of Duty maker boosted by judge

The chances of Microsoft taking over major games publisher Activision Blizzard have been given a big boost after a US judge rejected a request from US regulators to block the deal. In an increasingly competitive gaming market, Microsoft is trying to keep up with market leaders PlayStation and Nintendo by investing heavily in gaming content that might encourage players to choose its platforms, including the XBox device, over their rivals. Activision Blizzard has a deep portfolio of very successful games that Microsoft wants to control. In order for the deal to go through in its current form Microsoft and Activision need approval from the regulatory bodies in the US, EU and UK. The US ruling comes after the deal was approved by the European Union, while a decision to block the merger in the UK is currently under appeal. Microsoft could have to pay a $3bn fee to Activision Blizzard if the deal does not go forward.

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