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The UK's markets watchdog has reopened a consultation on the $69 billion tie-up between Activision Blizzard and Microsoft months after it blocked the proposed sale on the back of competition concerns. Microsoft this week wrote to the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) to point out that fear of skewing the gaming console …

  1. Naich

    They will get it

    MS will keep hammering away until they get approval. It's inevitable. Then they will use their uncompetitive power to make things shittier for everyone. It's a story as old as Microsoft.

    1. Raphael

      Re: They will get it

      They would have to try really hard to be worse than Blizzard is right now.

  2. Dinanziame Silver badge

    I think after approval from the US and the EU, it's unlikely that the UK alone can block it. Has there been such precedents?

    For that matter, what happens if say Vietnam somehow refuses to approve a merger accepted by all other countries? Brown envelopes?

    1. Zippy´s Sausage Factory

      Probably they just withdraw from that marketplace I'd think. It wouldn't be out of the range of possibility that the regulators could make it a very difficult place for them to do business should they so choose.

      1. druck Silver badge

        Microsoft withdrawing from the UK - if only!

        1. MJI Silver badge

          Not a cod fan, so to me no real loss, I may have got Starfield (previous purchase), but not now.

          Was written then scrapped.

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