The game gets complicated for the Microsoft-Activision merger

In the event of an Activision takeover, Call of Duty could theoretically become exclusive to Microsoft from 2028. Activision

The British antitrust is opening an in-depth investigation into this $69 billion operation and its risks for the video game market.

The acquisition by Microsoft of the video game giant Activision-Blizzard will not be a long calm river. The British Competition Authority (CMA) announced on Thursday the opening of an in-depth investigation into the impact of this $69 billion acquisition for the future of the “gaming” market. The CMA is in particular seeking to determine whether Microsoft would not gain a decisive advantage in the emerging market of video game streaming platforms, of which it is one of the players with its Game Pass subscription offer.

“If the market for video game consoles is extremely concentrated (around Sony, Nintendo and Microsoft), the CMA believes that the shift towards streaming and subscription is a window of opportunity for new entrants. But, to succeed, they will have to offer an enticing catalog of games,” explains the British Antitrust.

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However, the takeover of Activision “could allow Microsoft to return the publisher’s catalog, including its saga call of dutyexclusive…

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