Activision Blizzard: British competition authority considers takeover of Microsoft

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The British competition authority is examining the takeover of Activision Blizzard by the Microsoft group.

Today, Wednesday, the British competition authority launched an investigation into Microsoft’s planned takeover of Activision Blizzard.

As CNBC reports, it is the first major investigation by an antitrust authority into a takeover, for which Microsoft is willing to pay 68.7 billion US dollars.

Such a takeover could have a significant impact on the $190 billion video game industry, it says.

The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) said in a press statement that it was investigating “whether the acquisition could harm competition and lead to worse outcomes for consumers – for example through higher prices, lower quality or less choice”.

The authority has set itself a deadline of September 1 for an initial decision. Up to July 20, they want to get feedback from interested third parties for consultation.

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