Activision Granted Permission to Intervene in Microsoft’s Battle Against UK Regulator’s Block

Activision Blizzard, the creator of "Call of Duty," has been granted the opportunity to intervene in Microsoft's legal dispute with Britain's anti-trust regulator over the blocked $69 billion takeover

Activision Blizzard, the creator of “Call of Duty,” has been granted the opportunity to intervene in Microsoft’s legal dispute with Britain’s anti-trust regulator over the blocked $69 billion takeover. Microsoft is currently appealing the Competition and Markets Authority’s (CMA) decision to veto the deal, which was made in April due to concerns about potential competition issues in the emerging cloud gaming market.

The unexpected rejection of the deal poses a significant threat to the gaming industry’s largest-ever acquisition, prompting strong reactions from both companies and raising doubts about Britain’s receptiveness towards technology firms. Activision has now been given the green light to participate in Microsoft’s appeal at the Competition Appeal Tribunal, with the hearing expected to take place next month. This grants Activision the opportunity to present its own arguments before the tribunal.

During a preliminary hearing in May, Microsoft’s legal team criticized the CMA for deviating from global norms by blocking the Activision takeover, especially considering that regulatory authorities such as the European Union’s competition authority had approved the deal. Additionally, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission has also blocked the acquisition, a decision that Microsoft is currently appealing.

Brad Smith, President of Microsoft, expressed the company’s commitment to addressing the concerns raised by regulators regarding the Activision acquisition. This commitment was reaffirmed during Smith’s recent meeting with Britain’s finance minister, where discussions centered around finding resolutions to the ongoing dispute.

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