Microsoft is lastly on the verge of closing its Activision deal

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The UK’s Competitors and Markets Authority has given its provisional approval to not too long ago proposed modifications to Microsoft’s proposed Activision buy. Whereas the approval will not be ultimate, the announcement means that Microsoft will quickly clear the ultimate regulatory hurdle in its proposed $68.7 billion acquisition, which was first introduced over 20 months in the past.

The CMA initially blocked the Activision acquisition again in April, saying that the acquisition would “considerably reduce competitors” within the nascent cloud gaming market. However after the US Federal Commerce Fee’s try at a merger-blocking injunction misplaced in courtroom in April, Microsoft and the CMA went again to the drafting board to barter a settlement.

That led to Microsoft’s August announcement that it will promote these Activision streaming rights to Ubisoft. The CMA now says it “has provisionally concluded” that this sale “ought to deal with these [previously identified] points.”

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