Despite the setback, Microsoft continues to focus on the takeover of Activision Blizzard4. May 2023
Despite the setback, Microsoft continues to focus on the takeover of Activision Blizzard
San Francisco, May 4, 2023
Despite the recent setback in its acquisition of Activision Blizzard, Microsoft is still making plans for the deal and has announced a 10-year agreement with cloud gaming provider Nware.
The announcement comes days after the UK antitrust authority blocked Microsoft’s $68.7 billion purchase of Activision Blizzard over claims it could hurt the cloud gaming market.
As part of the newly announced deal, Microsoft will stream PC games on the Nware platform, including all Activision Blizzard games should the deal eventually go through.
Microsoft has similar deals with other gaming companies, including one to bring Xbox PC games to Nvidia’s cloud gaming service.
The deals aim to allay regulators’ concerns that Microsoft could ban Activision Blizzard games from competing services.
However, that doesn’t appear to have been enough for the UK’s competition and markets regulator, which recently stated that if the deal went through, Microsoft would find it economically advantageous to make Activision Blizzard games like Call of Duty and Overwatch, ” exclusively for its own cloud gaming service.
Microsoft announces that it will appeal the decision.