Microsoft-Activision merger Approved By EU

Posted on Thursday, May 18, 2023 by Chris Hayner

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This has been going on so long I forget what we’ve even been talking about, but whatever it is, Redmond’s long corporate merger nightmare could soon be over. The EU had raised up their hands in defense of consumers, fearing that Microsoft would be creating a monopolistic gaming situation.

Microsoft finally appeased them by, um.. Promising that everyone everywhere can play Call of Duty? They have assured that users of their games will “have the right to stream those games with any cloud game streaming service of their choice and play them on any device using any operating system.”

Which is a bold claim, and frankly one that should have been made a long time ago. Time will tell if this will be a win for gamers, but it appears to be a win for Microsoft. Now here’s a question to ponder: The UK still hasn’t approved it… what’s gonna happen there?