EU delays decision on Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard

The EU needs more time for its decision.

Microsoft’s proposed acquisition of Activision Blizzard has been the gaming world’s big talk for the past year. As you know, the purchase is not complete as there are many things to review and whether the purchase will be legal from a purely competitive point of view. The EU has previously said that they will give their answer regarding the takeover on April 25, but according to Reuters that decision has now been postponed until May 22 instead.

The reason is unclear as this is not cabled out to the public according to the EU standard. But presumably it has to do with the tours around Call of Duty and whether the acquisition of this series (which is part of Activision Blizzard) affects the market. Microsoft has now also recently made a 10-year agreement with Nintendo which means that they will get the CoD series on their platforms. This as a counter to Sony’s salvo that a buyout and possible exclusivity of CoD on the Xbox platform would damage the market. Thus the quarrel continues, but we will at least see what the EU says about this on May 22nd.