The new year has just begun, but the possible completion of the acquisition of Activision Blizzard by the end of 2023 is already facing a first hurdle.
The leaders of the CMA (Competitions and Markets Authority), the British institution responsible for anti-trust controls, has in fact announced a new one delay in the progress of the process. The organ UKin particular, confirmed that his final postponement related to the acquisition of Activision Blizzard will not be published by March 1, 2023, as originally announced. On the contrary, the new deadline for the dissemination of the document is now set for the day of April 26, 2023.
The delay announced by the CMA will be tempered by the possible publication of some preliminary remarks. The latter could also be accompanied by any suggestions maneuvers aimed at mitigating the effects of the acquisition on the gaming market. Such statements should be shared by Competitions and Markets Authority of the United Kingdom in the period between the end of January and the beginning of February 2023.
In the meantime, the dispute between the heads of Microsoft and the FTC continues, with the latter still extremely skeptical about the possible effects on competition of a acquisition of Activision Blizzard by the Redmond giant. At this point, there is nothing left to do but wait for the next evolutions of the complex story.