UK and US regulators are correct in their analysis that Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision is anti-competitive, and approval of the deal would provide the tech giant with control of the growing cloud gaming industry. While Microsoft has agreed to license its games to alternative platforms, it would have authority over all terms and conditions. This would undermine a genuine free market by providing one of the world’s largest tech companies with a monopoly in this lucrative industry.
Not only is Microsoft not a detriment to competition in the gaming market, but its acquisition of Activision will actually drive competition and allow users to stream their favorite games on any platform they choose. While some concessions needed to be made, this agreement will empower users around the world to control their gaming experience and allow innovation in the rapidly growing cloud gaming sphere. The CMA is wrong in its decision to block Microsoft’s deal, and it should approve the company’s appeal.
There's an 8% chance that Microsoft will acquire Activision Blizzard by June 30, 2023, according to the Metaculus prediction community.