September 30, 2023

Microsoft and Activision Blizzard have introduced an extension of their merging settlement deadline, which expired yesterday, July 18, to October 18. This extension will permit the 2 firms to proceed their discussions with the UK’s Competitors and Markets Authority, which blocked the deal in April over issues about competitors within the cloud gaming market.

Microsoft President Brad Smith mentioned that this 3 months delay will “present ample time” to filter last regulatory points. “We are going to honor all commitments agreed upon with the European Fee and different regulators and proceed to work with the CMA on the problems raised within the UK. We’re assured about our prospects for getting this deal throughout the end line,” Smith mentioned right now

As a part of this prolonged merger settlement, each events have additionally agreed to incremental will increase to the termination payment Microsoft might want to pay if the acquisition fails to shut. The payment will now enhance from $3 billion to $3.5 billion if the deal doesn’t shut by August 29, and it will go as much as $4.5 billion if it doesn’t shut by September 15.

Microsoft’s proposed $68 billion acquisition of Activision Blizzard, which is the most important acquisition in Microsoft’s historical past, can also be the most important acquisition within the historical past of the video video games business. Microsoft signed varied cloud licensing offers to get the inexperienced gentle within the EU, however getting the deal accepted within the US and the UK has been tougher. Whereas the Federal Commerce Fee failed to dam the acquisition within the US, the UK’s CMA has agreed to re-open discussions with Microsoft.

“We’re optimistic about getting this executed, and enthusiastic about bringing extra video games to extra gamers all over the place,” Head of Xbox Phil Spencer tweeted today. If Microsoft is dedicated to resolving remaining regulatory issues, the UK’s CMA not too long ago prolonged its deadline for its last ruling to August 29.