Microsoft and Activision Blizzard responded to accusations by UK regulators of “potentially undermining market competition”
If the two companies fail to provide acceptable commitments to resolve these competition issues by September 8, the CMA will launch a further in-depth investigation into the deal.
In response, Microsoft President and Vice Chairman Brad Smith (Brad Smith) responded: “We are ready to work with the CMA next step and address any concerns.” Smith also said: “Industry leader Sony We’ve said before that we’re concerned about Call of Duty. But we’ve said we’re committed to the same dayXboxSame game as on PlayStation. “
At the same time, Microsoft also said in a statement that it will expand consumer choice in two ways: by creating Game Pass, which provides players with subscription options; and bringing more games to mobile platforms, including cloud game streaming technology.Microsoft also said it will make Activision Blizzard’s library of beloved games, including Overwatch, Diablo and Call of Duty, available in Game Pass and grow the community of those games.
In addition, Activision Blizzard CEO Kotick said he still believes the deal can be completed by June 2023. “As we said at the outset, this is a long process,” Kotick said. “Given the need for multi-national regulatory approvals, we continue to believe the deal is most likely in Microsoft’s fiscal year 2023 (starting in July 2022),” Kotick said. , as of June 2023) to complete. Currently, we have several national approvals. And, all regulatory processes are proceeding as we expect.”