The acquisition of Activision Blizzard studios by Microsoft would have been authorized by the Serbian authorities.
The takeover of Activision Blizzard is still being studied by a dozen high competition authorities around the world, the aim being for them to identify the possible impact that this takeover would have on the market so that it won’t have too big an impact on competition in the next few years. While the deal had already been approved by Brazil and Saudi Arabia, it would now have been cleared by Serbia according to Reuters. Recently, we indicated that Microsoft had proposed a market to Playstation to facilitate the acceptance of this takeover by the various competition authorities, particularly in Europe. The deal was to continue porting the Call of Duty license to Sony’s consoles for at least another 10 years.. Market that the Japanese firm would have refused when it still very recently considered Microsoft’s proposal to be insufficient. Indeed, thanks to its Cloud Gaming solutions and its recent acquisition of Bethesda, Microsoft with this new acquisition could become too important a player. The acquisition of Activision Blizzard therefore remains uncertain for the moment.