Organisation: Microsoft

Microsoft/Activision have ‘realistic chance’ of resolving competition concerns, CMA says

There is a “realistic chance” of a more certain outcome that resolves competition concerns in Microsoft/Activision, the UK’s competition watchdog has said.

24 July 2023

Microsoft faces new Teams bundling complaint

A second company has accused Microsoft of unfairly bundling its Teams product into Office software, joining Slack in filing an antitrust complaint with the European Commission over the allegedly abusive practice.

20 July 2023

Microsoft/Activision extend merger deadline

Microsoft and Activision have postponed the deadline for completing their $68.7 billion merger by three months.

19 July 2023

CAT conditionally stays Microsoft/Activision deal block challenge

The UK’s specialist competition tribunal has agreed to pause Microsoft’s appeal against the decision blocking its acquisition of Activision Blizzard after the merging parties revealed their plans to file a restructured deal to the country’s antitrust authority.

17 July 2023

Microsoft/Activision saga: CMA open to “restructured” deal

Microsoft has been given a route to fight the UK block of its planned $69 billion acquisition of Activision after the Competition and Markets Authority yesterday said it will consider a “restructured” version of the deal.

13 July 2023

Microsoft/Activision saga: FTC to appeal court decision

The Federal Trade Commission is fighting back against its failed attempt to halt Microsoft/Activision, though some practitioners say the lopsided loss highlights the pitfalls of the Biden Administration’s stance on mergers.

13 July 2023

Microsoft/Activision avoids US injunction, as UK litigation paused

A US court has allowed Microsoft to close its acquisition of Activision after rejecting a request by the Federal Trade Commission to temporarily halt the deal, as the merging parties and the UK’s competition watchdog renew discussions about a possible structural fix.

11 July 2023

First DMA gatekeeper notifications filed but more likely to follow

Alphabet, Amazon, Apple, ByteDance, Meta, Microsoft and Samsung have notified the European Commission about their potential gatekeeper status under the EU’s Digital Market Act, while is expected to notify the agency at the end of the year.

04 July 2023

Canada seeks correction in FTC’s challenge to Microsoft/Activision

Canada’s Competition Bureau has asked Microsoft and Activision to inform the judge presiding over the Federal Trade Commission’s challenge to their merger that it also opposes the deal.

30 June 2023

Gamers’ bid to block Microsoft/Activision survives

Video game purchasers may proceed with their lawsuit seeking to block Microsoft’s $69 billion purchase of Activision, a federal judge in San Francisco has ruled.

29 June 2023

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