UK government has begun to investigate whether Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard constitutes a market monopoly

After the U.S. government recently confirmed its involvement in the investigation into Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard, the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority also confirmed earlier that it will conduct an antitrust investigation into the transaction to confirm whether the $68.7 billion transaction affects fair competition in the market.

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According to the British Competition and Markets Authority, the investigation will be completed before September 1 this year at the earliest, and it will also decide whether to conduct further investigations depending on the situation. In addition to clarifying whether Microsoft’s transaction affects market competition, the investigation project will also confirm whether the transaction will affect the user’s original rights to use the game. It also includes whether the purchase price of the game has increased, and the players can choose fewer items.In addition, whether other platform operators have become difficult to obtain Activision Blizzard games. For example, whether the game launched by Activision Blizzard will only be launched on the Xbox platform, and will not appear on game console platforms such as PlayStation and Nintendo Switch.

However, Microsoft’s previous statement emphasizes that in the future, Activision Blizzard will maintain an independent operation mode, and it will not affect its external cooperation relationship with game content. It also shows that Activision Blizzard’s promotion of game content will be on the Xbox Game Pass subscription service, allowing more players to play through the Internet.