The UK’s CMA regulator remains the main obstacle for Microsoft and Activision to successfully complete their merger. Earlier it became known that the parties decided to reach an agreement without trial, and a few weeks ago Microsoft announced a restructuring of the cloud gaming business in the UK, which causes the most concern for the CMA.
It’s been a month since Microsoft announced it was transferring its cloud gaming business to Ubisoft in the UK. To date, the CMA has not commented on this decision. Today, The Verge portal, citing its sources, reported that the CMA will make a preliminary decision on the Microsoft-Activision deal next week. And a few weeks after that, before October 18, a final decision must be made.
In the preliminary decision, the CMA may outline the general status of the transaction’s review, taking into account new factors. Let us remind you that this week the merger agreement between Microsoft and Activision passed the last point in terms of fines for disrupting the deal.