Microsoft humbled by the CMA: Unsurprising and avoidable

27 April 2023

The CMA's decision to block Microsoft’s takeover of Activision reflects the lack of trust regulators have in Microsoft’s leadership and its future plans for game services.

The decision ultimately rewards Sony PlayStation, the market leader, which has little incentive now to transform its high-cost model, but will also stymie PlayStation's own acquisition ambitions.

Getting approval for the acquisition is difficult but not impossible. The European Commission may approve the deal in May. 


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