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The CMA Has Imposed More Restrictions Against Activision Blizzard, Microsoft

Activision Blizzard and Microsoft has seen further restrictions imposed against them by the Competition and Markets Authority, following its decision to block the proposed buyout of the publisher by the Xbox format holder.

As detailed in an interim order published yesterday by the UK regulator, Activision and Microsoft will need to provide prior written consent from the regular before either company does any of the following:

  • acquires an interest in the other company or any of its subsidiaries, e.g. investing in each other’s development studios
  • acquires an interest in another business that holds an interest in the other company
  • hold an option to acquire an interest in either of the above

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The company revealed that the additional restrictions have been applied “for the purpose of preventing pre-emptive action” from Activision Blizzard or Microsoft.

Speaking of both companies, Microsoft has revealed that intends to contest the decision, and Activision CEO Bobby Kotick is equally disappointed at the CMA’s decision to block the deal. Kotick also said that he expects an ‘accelerated‘ UK appeal process.

[Source – GamesIndustry]