European Commission approves Microsoft and Activision-Blizzard deal

EU Commission

The European Commission has announced their approval for the deal that would bring Activision-Blizzard underneath Microsoft’s control.

While the commission found that Microsoft wouldn’t have “incentive” to deny games like Call of Duty to rival consoles like Sony’s PlayStation; it expressed concerns about the merger’s impact on “Cloud Gaming”. This concern is shared by UK officials.

Margarethe Vestager from the commission had this to say about the deal:

“Video games attract billions of users all over the world. In such a fast-growing and dynamic industry, it is crucial to protect competition and innovation. Our decision represents an important step in this direction, by bringing Activision’s popular games to many more devices and consumers than before thanks to cloud game streaming. The commitments offered by Microsoft will enable for the first time the streaming of such games in any cloud game streaming services, enhancing competition and opportunities for growth.”

Margrethe Vestager, Executive Vice-President in charge of competition policy

The commission has proposed remedies to their remaining issues with the merger and suggest that Microsoft make their games available to all cloud gaming services for customers in the European Economic Area (EEA).

You can read the press release from the European Commission here.

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