Is it possible for Microsoft to take over Activision Blizzard as planned? The deal is stuck because authorities across the world must come to an agreement, and in Europe, it's taking longer than originally planned.
Microsoft is waiting for an offer to acquire Activision Blizzard for a hefty sum and integrate it into Xbox Studios. That’s because antitrust authorities around the world must approve the whole deal. In Europe, the decision is still pending.
According to Reuters, a decision on the European market was actually expected on April 25th, but this will be delayed further because the antitrust law experts are now taking longer to prepare this, after the deadline had already been extended once before.
The Commission wants to use the additional time to evaluate further feedback from Microsoft's competitors and end customers. At the same time, this allows Microsoft to continue to offer the Activision Blizzard games and titles to other providers in the long run, while there are less concerns about limiting competition.
Sony is said to have been offered a similar 10-year deal, but they have so far refused to sign one. It remains to be seen if the $ 68.7 billion proposal will continue.
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