The Japan Fair Trade Commission has granted Microsoft permission to proceed with the acquisition of Activision Blizzard, determining that it would not significantly reduce competition.
The Competition and Markets Authority in the UK recently announced that Microsoft’s projected purchase of Activision Blizzard would not reduce competition in the console gaming market. This has now been followed by another success for Microsoft, with the Japan Fair Trade Commission approving the merger in the country.
The Japanese authorities have given approval to the agreement between Xbox and Activision Blizzard.
The Japanese government has given its approval of the agreement between Microsoft and ABK. to collaborate on various projects.
After examining the data and statements from external parties regarding the agreement, the Japan Fair Trade Commission declared that it would not lead to a “substantial restraint of competition” and that they will not be issuing a “cease and desist order”.
In the UK and Japan, the takeover has been welcomed; however, authorities in Europe and the United States continue to monitor the situation closely. The UK’s CMA has stated that the merger “will not lead to a significant decrease in competition with regards to console gaming in the UK,” yet they are still looking into apprehensions related to the cloud gaming market and the buy-out.
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