According to a recent investigation by the UK’s competition watchdog, Microsoft’s acquisition deal with Activision will not have any significant impact on the UK video games market. The Competition and Markets Authority report says that while it is possible that Microsoft might use its ownership of Call of Duty to ‘nudge’ players over to Xbox One, there is currently no evidence to support this.
Microsoft Adds Activision to Xbox One Games Lineup
It’s official, Microsoft has added Activision to the list of publishers who will be making games for the Xbox One. The deal was announced today at a press event, and it’s good news for gamers in the UK who were worried about the competition.
Activision is one of the biggest publishers in the world, and their games are some of the most popular. With this deal, Microsoft is ensuring that they have a strong lineup of games for the Xbox One. This is great news for gamers who want to have access to the best games.
The deal between Microsoft and Activision is a win-win for both companies. It’s also a win for gamers in the UK who now have access to even more great games.
Competition Regulator Finds Deal Likely Won’t Affect Market
Microsoft’s deal with Activision won’t affect the competition in the United Kingdom, according to the country’s regulator.
The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) said on Thursday that it had found ‘no substantive competition concerns’ with the deal, which will see Microsoft invest $100 million in Activision Blizzard.
‘Our investigation has found that this deal is unlikely to reduce competition or customer choice in either the UK market for console games or the market for PC games,’ CMA enforcement director Michael Grenfell said in a statement.
The CMA added that it would not be taking any further action in relation to the deal.
The news will come as a relief to Microsoft, which has been facing increasing scrutiny from antitrust regulators around the world.
Competition Commission Is Concerned
The UK’s Competition Commission has said it is ‘concerned’ about Microsoft’s deal with Activision, which could see the Xbox 360 become the dominant console in the country.
The Commission said it would be monitoring the situation closely, and would be looking at whether the deal would lead to consumers facing higher prices or less choice.
Microsoft has defended the deal, saying that it will not result in the company having a monopoly in the UK market.
Competition Commission Raises Concerns Over Potential Microsoft Acquisition of Ubisoft and Activision
The UK’s Competition Commission has raised concerns over Microsoft’s potential acquisition of Ubisoft and Activision, saying that the deal could reduce competition in the video game market.
The Commission is investigating whether the deal would give Microsoft an unfair advantage in the market, and has asked for input from interested parties.
Microsoft has until September 28th to respond to the Commission’s concerns.
What Happens Next?
The European Commission has approved Microsoft’s $26 billion purchase of Bethesda Softworks parent company ZeniMax Media. The deal will see Microsoft add some of the biggest franchises in gaming to its first-party portfolio, including The Elder Scrolls, Fallout, DOOM, and Wolfenstein.
This is a huge win for Microsoft and will no doubt make the company an even bigger force in the gaming industry. However, it’s important to note that the deal won’t have any impact on the UK competition.
The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) cleared the deal back in October, saying that it ‘would not result in a substantial lessening of competition’ in the country.
So what happens next? Well, Microsoft can now move forward with its plans to integrate Bethesda into its first-party lineup. We’re sure to see some big announcements in the coming months about what this means for Xbox gamers.