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UK Watchdog May Expand Xbox & Activision Merger Inquiry

 |  August 25, 2022

It’s being reported that the UK competition regulator’s inquiry into Microsoft‘s proposed acquisition of Activision Blizzard may be expanded.

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) confirmed last month that it had opened an investigation into the $68.7 billion deal—the game industry’s biggest ever by far—to determine whether it’s a fair one.

The CMA has been gathering feedback from third parties with an interest in the proposed deal, and a deadline of September 1 has officially been set for it to give its initial decision on the matter.

According to Seeking Alpha, traders citing a Capitol Forum report claim the CMA has held an “issues meeting” with Microsoft to express concerns over the deal, which could result in the regulator expanding its review.

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