MOSCOW, 15 Sep — PRIME. The Financial Times business newspaper writes that Microsoft Corp’s deal to buy video game maker Activision Blizzard is expected to face scrutiny in the UK after the software company failed to make any concessions to allay antitrust concerns.
Microsoft chose not to offer any concessions to the UK Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) at this stage, as there is no clear indication that the UK regulator will approve the deal. The FT wrote about this on Wednesday, citing informed sources.
The CMA said earlier in September that a takeover of Call of Duty developer could hurt competition in the game console, subscription services and cloud gaming segment if Microsoft refuses to give competitors access to Activision’s most popular games.
Microsoft and Activision did not respond to a Reuters request for comment, and the CMA declined to comment.
Verification of the transaction in the EU may take some time. It also faces scrutiny in Brussels due to its size and growing concerns from competitors including Sony, the FT article says.