EU approves Microsoft’s $68.7bn Activision Blizzard bid

The EU ultimately dismissed its earlier concerns around the deal’s potential to harm rival console makers (ie. Sony, Nintendo) and game subscription services (such as PlayStation Plus). Ultimately, the EU decided Microsoft was unlikely to pull Activision Blizzard games like Call of Duty from rival consoles as it would see its profits suffer as a result (an argument Microsoft itself repeatedly put forward).

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