Microsoft CEO is 'very confident' that the Activision Blizzard merger will be approved

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella is confident that the company’s proposed acquisition of Activision Blizzard will gain approval from regulators.

During an interview with Bloomberg, Nadella spoke about the potential merger and any scrutiny it’s receiving.

“Of course, any acquisition of this size will go through scrutiny, but we feel very, very confident that we’ll come out,” Nadella said.

Most of the criticism pertains to Call of Duty’s potential exclusivity on Microsoft platforms, which Xbox boss Phil Spencer recently claimed wouldn’t happen anytime soon, if ever. Shortly afterward, PlayStation CEO Jim Ryan publicly responded, claiming that Microsoft’s offers thus far have been ‘inadequate on many levels’ for Sony.

Convincing regulatory bodies is the biggest hurdle Microsoft needs to overcome. Recently, the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) claimed Call of Duty Xbox exclusivity could ‘harm’ PlayStation. Sony also argued that Call of Duty can ‘influence someone’s console of choice’ when Brazil’s Administrative Council for Economic Defense (CADE) asked about the acquisition. 

“So if this is about competition, let us have competition,” Nadella continues – noting that Microsoft is the No. 4 or No. 5 competitor within the games industry, while Sony is No. 1.

It’ll likely be a long time before this whole mess has any sort of resolution.

Written by Kyle Campbell on behalf of GLHF.

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