Microsoft likely to offer EU regulators concessions in Activision Blizzard acquisition

Robert Collins

Microsoft may be ready to offer concessions in an effort to get EU approval of its Activision Blizzard buyout, according to analysts. This comes a month after the European Commission announced it would launch an advanced investigation into the $68 billion deal.

As for what exactly these concessions on the part of Microsoft might be, likely chief among them would be a 10-year deal to keep Call of Duty on PlayStation consoles—something which Microsoft has already offered Sony. Such moves on the part of Microsoft could serve to clear the way to regulatory approval with the European Commission and other such agencies such as the CMA in Britain and the FTC in the U.S—the latter of which is likely to challenge the deal according to some sources.

The deadline for the European Commission to issue its statement of objection is in January, and it has until April 11th, 2023 to decide whether to approve the deal.