Reuters is reporting that Microsoft’s willingness to supply licensing offers to rivals akin to Nintendo and Sony will persuade EU regulators to approve its Activision Blizzard merger.
Microsoft lately signed a binding contract to convey Name of Obligation to Nintendo platforms for the subsequent decade ought to the $68.7 billion acquisition acquire approval. The corporate stated it has additionally made the identical provide to Sony, however it appears the PlayStation maker is not eager on the proposal.
Microsoft execs lately attended a closed doorways heading with the European Fee in a bid to push the deal by way of. The European Fee has been investigating the merger for months, and is anxious it might hurt competitors inside the sport business by permitting Microsoft to make key Activision Blizzard franchises, akin to Name of Obligation, platform unique.
Now, Reuters says that three individuals “acquainted with the matter” consider Microsoft’s resolution to supply licensing offers to rivals will doubtless deal with EU antitrust considerations.
A serious victory for Microsoft?
If the deal is authorised by the EU it might mark a big win for Microsoft, which can be struggling to achieve approval in america and UK—the place the deal is being investigated by the Federal Commerce Fee (FTC) and Competitors and Markets Authority (CMA), respectively.
The FTC is at the moment suing Microsoft to dam the deal, whereas the CMA can be wanting into the merger. Just like the EU, each regulators say they’re involved the transfer will enable Microsoft to dominate the business and doubtlessly even foreclose its rivals by proscribing entry to main franchises.
In its provisional findings printed final month, the CMA urged it could be prepared to approval the deal if Microsoft makes concessions, akin to divesting Activision Blizzard by promoting off notable studios or franchises, together with Name of Obligation.
The three sources that spoke with Reuters, nonetheless, declare the EU is not anticipated to demand Microsoft promote property to seal the deal.
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