At the moment, 4 regulators are known to have approved the deal between Microsoft and Activision Blizzard – these are Brazil, Saudi Arabia, Serbia and Chile. In many regions, the deal is now under additional investigation, including in the main markets for its successful completion, such as the UK and the European Union. In the US, consideration of the merger between Microsoft and Activision Blizzard has gone to court.
As users of ResetEra noticed, the regulator in New Zealand behaves in an interesting way, which is considering the largest deal in the gaming industry. He is already 5 times postponing the deadline for the decision.
The deal between Microsoft and Activision Blizzard in New Zealand was originally scheduled to be decided in August 2022, then the deadline was moved to September 2, 2022, then to September 9, 2022, then to November 11, 2022, then to February 3, 2023, and now on April 28, 2023.
It is worth noting that April is the deadline for a number of regulators to make decisions, including competition authorities in the UK and the European Union.