Reuters is reporting that Microsoft will seemingly be hit with an EU antitrust warning over its proposed $68.7 billion buy of Activision Blizzard.
Folks with conversant in the matter stated the European Fee, which started investigating the merger final 12 months over issues it might “scale back competitors” within the recreation trade, is making ready a press release of objections laying out its fears that shall be despatched to Microsoft within the coming weeks.
There have been rumblings that Microsoft might provide concessions to the Fee in a bid to swiftly handle these issues, however it’s now being prompt the group will not settle for any compromises earlier than a warning has been issued. Such a transfer would current one other hurdle for Microsoft to clear.
Final 12 months, the Fee stated it fearful the deal may particularly enable Microsoft to “foreclose entry” to Activision Blizzard’s console and PC titles.
It is a concern that has been voiced by different regulators such because the UK’s Competitors and Markets Authority, which has prompt Microsoft might transfer to make key franchises like Name of Responsibility platform unique and hurt rivals like Sony and Nintendo.
The European Fee declined to touch upon the report when approached by Reuters. Microsoft, alternatively, stated it is working to handle market issues.
“We’re persevering with to work with the European Fee to handle any market issues. Our aim is to convey extra video games to extra folks, and this deal will additional that aim,” stated the corporate.
It is necessary to notice that Microsoft has publicly acknowledged it’ll hold main Activision Blizzard franchises on rival platforms for the foreseeable future if the merger is greenlit.
Though approval stays within the steadiness in some areas, the deal has been authorised in international locations equivalent to Saudi Arabia and Brazil.