Microsoft expects that next Friday, October 13, the purchase process of Activision Blizzard for a value of 68.7 billion dollars will be finalized.
According to The Verge, this date depends on obtaining the green light from the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) of the United Kingdom, although this body has already given signs that it is not going to oppose it.
The CMA’s final decision must be announced before October 18, after today’s deadline for submitting the revised agreement, in which Microsoft has agreed to sell the streaming rights to Activision Blizzard games to Ubisoft. That Microsoft intends to close the purchase next Friday is indicative that it expects the CMA to also issue its final verdict next week.
It will, initially, be the end of a twenty-month process since Microsoft announced its intention to buy Activision Blizzard, in the most important operation that the video game industry has experienced in its entire history.
However, even with the purchase closed, there is still the situation in the United States, where the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) wants to move forward in its judicial battle with Microsoft to invalidate a purchase that, they consider, “attacks the rights of consumers.” “.