Microsoft’s Activision Blizzard deal is approved by the European Commission



The latest report reveals that another commission has now approved Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard.

The European Commission approves the controversial Microsoft agreement

Was Announced that the European Commission has now approved Microsoft’s proposed acquisition of Activision Blizzard. However, this has a condition attached: Microsoft must fully comply with a series of commitments related to the cloud gaming market.

The EU Commission’s investigation into the acquisition revealed that the deal would not harm rival consoles or rival multi-game subscription services. However, it was noted that it could harm competition in the distribution of games through cloud game streaming services and in the provision of PC operating systems.

Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard has some conditions

Microsoft offered license commitments to make it work, which the EU Commission seems to have accepted. These conditions will last for 10 years.

  • A free license for consumers in the EEA that would allow them to stream, via any cloud game streaming service of their choice, all current and future Activision Blizzard games for PC and console for which they hold a license.
  • A free license for cloud game streaming service providers to allow EEA gamers to stream any Activision Blizzard PC and console game.

An independent trustee will be in charge of monitoring the implementation of the remedies under the supervision of the EU Commission.

“These licenses will ensure that players who have purchased one or more Activision games from a PC or console store, or who have subscribed to a multi-game subscription service that includes Activision games, have the right to stream those games with any cloud game streaming. service of your choice and play them on any device using any operating system,” the EU Commission stated.

“The commitments fully address the competition concerns identified by the Commission and represent a significant improvement for cloud gaming compared to the current situation.”

The European Commission joins the compensation agreement of other countries

The European Commission now joins other countries that have approved the acquisition: Brazil, Serbia, Chile, Japan, Saudi Arabia, South Africa and Ukraine.

Organizations that oppose the agreement

Only two organizations have opposed the takeover: the UK Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) and the US Federal Trade Commission.



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