The EU is investigating Microsoft via a poll on…

Microsoft’s takeover of Activision-Blizzard has never seemed so far from complete, as the announced date of formalization approaches. After the FTC’s refusal to validate the deal alleging mismanagement of its previous acquisitions and therefore a great risk of competition against Nintendo and SonyMicrosoft must now convince another very influential body in the world, which is investigating the acquisition: the European Union. Because at the moment it is only the regulatory authorities in Brazil, Serbia and Saudi Arabiaare favorable.

To know more, Reuters reveals that EU regulators have sent questionnaires to development and publishing studios asking whether they believe the takeover will call into question their past or future ties with Activision-Blizzard. In other words, this merger will truly make titles exclusive and remove public potential from the financial windfall of video game releases.

One 91 page questionnaire was sent out earlier this month with video game companies, vendors, developers, distributors and even “PC OS vendors” as recipients (to find out if Microsoft had the ability to prevent their games from running on non-Windows PCs), according to a source familiar with the matter. In particular, the document explains:

Please indicate what partial exclusivity strategies you believe Microsoft would be able to implement with respect to Activision Blizzard’s console games following Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard.

More, The EU is also asking for an opinion on the Call of Duty franchise, which we know is at the center of the debatessince this is the point that caused the FTC to cringe, despite Phil Spencer’s numerous statements in favor of Sony, even going so far as to promise to sign a 10-year non-aggression pact on this series.

The European Commission has asked companies an answer shortly before Christmasand will likely make its decisions in early 2023.

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