A source told Politico. (Opens in a new tab) That the European Commission plans to launch an in-depth “phase 2” investigation into Microsoft’s $68 billion acquisition of Activision Blizzard. An obligation to address the Commission’s concerns about the deal – before midnight tonight’s deadline.
Like Brazilians (Opens in a new tab) and UK market regulators. (Opens in a new tab)Much of the European Commission’s problems stemmed from concerns that Microsoft’s ownership of Activision would close its competitors’ access. (or Sony’s access, if we’re specific) to Call of Duty, even though Microsoft has repeatedly insisted on keeping the series on PlayStation. (Opens in a new tab).
Politico also reports that the European Commission has questioned Microsoft competitors about its cloud services. There’s a lot going on in Microsoft’s latest submission. (Opens in a new tab) To the UK Competition and Marketing Agency (CMA).
It may not be the reaction Microsoft expected from the European Commission. There is no doubt that the company wants all countries to make agreements through as easily as Saudi Arabia does. (Opens in a new tab)But Microsoft’s lawyers seem to have long filed a complaint with European regulators. Just as they did with the UK.
On the plus side (at least for us), Microsoft’s filing with the UK’s CMA has revealed all sorts of interesting information, such as how the deal between Sony and Activision knocked Call of Duty out of Game Pass. (Opens in a new tab)We also learned that Microsoft isn’t quite bullish in cloud gaming. (Opens in a new tab) Personally, while in the process of meeting the games and the company, I think we should all stop worrying about Call of Duty monopoly because hey, what if future games suck as much as Vanguard does? (Opens in a new tab)?
Who knows what we will learn next? If Microsoft really missed tonight’s fix deadline, the European Commission will have until November 8 to announce a full investigation of the acquisition. And we can only hope for more revealing documents.