Organisation: Microsoft

Microsoft/Activision Blizzard faces New Zealand hurdle

New Zealand’s Commerce Commission has raised concerns that Microsoft’s $68.7 billion acquisition of Activision Blizzard could lead to foreclosure in the cloud gaming market, as the companies continue to fight parallel merger challenges in the UK and US.

20 June 2023

Microsoft pushes for summer trial in bid to overturn UK Activision Blizzard deal block

Microsoft has urged the UK’s Competition Appeal Tribunal to grant its application for a summer hearing challenging the national antitrust watchdog’s “outlier” decision to block its proposed acquisition of Activision Blizzard so as to remove any uncertainty over the deal.

30 May 2023

EU Microsoft/Activision Blizzard clearance puts UK merger divergence back into spotlight

The European Commission has approved Microsoft’s $68.7 billion purchase of Activision Blizzard subject to cloud gaming licensing commitments, less than three weeks after the UK’s antitrust enforcer blocked the deal.

15 May 2023

CAT rejects Microsoft's bid to split pre-owned software retailer trial

The UK’s Competition Appeal Tribunal has refused Microsoft’s request to divide a second-hand software seller’s £270 million damages claim into two separate trials, saying it was not guaranteed to save costs and might even lead to a third trial.

09 May 2023

Unexpected Microsoft/Activision Blizzard deal block underlines CMA’s steadfast approach to remedies

Lawyers predict that late revisions by the UK’s competition watchdog to its provisional findings in Microsoft/Activision Blizzard will play a key role in the companies' appeal against a merger block that surprised many but was altogether consistent with the agency’s “very strict approach” to behavioural remedies.

26 April 2023

South Africa approves Microsoft/Activision after Call of Duty assurances

South Africa’s Competition Commission has approved Microsoft’s $67.8 billion acquisition of Activision Blizzard, following a global assurance from the parties that they will continue to supply the Call of Duty franchise to competitors.

19 April 2023

UK regulator may suggest CMA cloud sector probe into Amazon, Microsoft and Google

The UK’s Office of Communication has signalled an intent to refer its cloud services study to the country’s competition authority to conduct a more in-depth probe that could result in price caps on data transfers and interoperability requirements.

05 April 2023

Germany targets Microsoft under Section 19A

Germany’s Federal Cartel Office has started investigating if Microsoft’s “continuously” expanding ecosystem gives the company “paramount significance for competition across markets”.

28 March 2023

CMA refines assessment of Microsoft/Activision Blizzard

The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority has narrowed its concerns about Microsoft’s $68.7 billion purchase of Activision Blizzard, warning that the deal will significantly restrict competition in the cloud gaming sector but not in the games console market as previously outlined.

24 March 2023

Microsoft beats back private merger challenge

A group of video game purchasers failed to provide any facts to support their allegations that Microsoft’s $68.7 billion purchase of Activision Blizzard violates US merger law, a California federal judge has ruled.

22 March 2023

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