Microsoft has been working hard to get its $69 billion deal with Activision Blizzard. Standing in the company's way are regulators in the EU, UK, and US, as well as rival company Sony. While the company has been waiting for the European Commission to conclude its investigation, the EC now says it is extending its deadline.
Reuters reports the antitrust regulator now says its decision on whether to approve the Microsoft Activision Blizzard acquisition will not be made until April 25.
It is believed Microsoft is willing to make concessions to get the deal over the line. Regulators have concerns that Microsoft controlling Call of Duty and other Activision franchises (Candy Crush and Warcraft among them) will harm competition.
However, Microsoft has consistently argued that it is willing to keep Call of Duty available across platforms. Furthermore, the company argues that it is not the leading gaming brand, currently trailing Sony, Nintendo, and Tencent.
The FTC in the US has taken the company to court, the CMA in the UK has raised concerns, and in the EU, regulators are currently investigating the deal. Microsoft's gaming head Phil Spencer announced in December that Microsoft and Nintendo were coming to an agreement.
It is unclear what other concessions Microsoft is willing to make. The company is reportedly confident that the deal will be given approval around the world.
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