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Statement on the Competition and Markets Authority's Provisional Findings

CMA investigation finds Microsoft's acquisition of Activision harms gamers

Feb 09, 2023

The following statement can be attributed to George Rakis, Executive Director for NextGen Competition (

All three of the world's major regulatory bodies are very worried that Microsoft's acquisition of Activision Blizzard harms competition and is bad for gamers and the industry.

In addition, the provisional findings from the Competition and Markets Authority demonstrate the deal has clear antitrust concerns. While the regulator's narrow focus on Call of Duty and cloud gaming doesn't fully appreciate the extent to which this deal harms the industry and workers, we're relieved that the United Kingdom and the European Union appear to be following in the footsteps of the FTC.

To the extent that regulators are considering behavioral remedies, we note Microsoft's long history of violating commitments to regulators, leading to multimillion-dollar fines in Europe. Given its record, only major structural changes could allay antitrust concerns."

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