Microsoft is challenging the UK regulator’s decision to block its acquisition of Activision -Dlight News

Microsoft Challenges UK Regulator

Microsoft challenged the UK’s decision to block the $69 billion acquisition of call-of-duty maker Activision Blizzard, citing “fundamental flaws” in its valuation of Microsoft’s cloud gaming services.

Britain’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) vetoed the deal in April, saying it could hurt competition in the nascent cloud gaming market.

Microsoft confirmed on Wednesday that it had appealed the ruling to the Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT), and a summary of its arguments was published on Friday.

The CMA’s conclusion that the deal would result in a significant reduction in competition in the UK cloud gaming market is wrong, the summary said.

The CMA made “fundamental errors in the calculation and evaluation of market share data for cloud gaming services,” Microsoft will say before the Competition Appeal Tribunal.

Overall, Microsoft cited five grounds for appeal.

The CMA’s shocking decision to block gaming’s biggest-ever deal sparked angry reactions from both companies.

Last week, Microsoft sidestepped a possible early legal obstacle in its $69 billion (nearly Rs.5.71.73 billion) deal to acquire Call of Duty video game maker Activision Blizzard when a US judge ruled in a private hearing that gamers were in the preliminary Blocking denied Acquisition.

The private prosecutors sued Microsoft in December in a California federal court to bar the deal, which they described as anticompetitive.

US District Judge Jacqueline Scott Corley of the San Francisco federal court said in a ruling issued late Friday night that the video gamers have failed to demonstrate that they would suffer “irreparable harm” if the merger were allowed to go ahead before it was announced decided the merits of their case.

© Thomson Reuters 2023


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