UK adds further restrictions to Activision-Microsoft merger

Companies now blocked from holding any stake in each other

Tom Allen
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UK adds further restrictions to Activision-Microsoft merger

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA), the UK's antitrust regulator, has blocked Activision-Blizzard and Microsoft from "acquiring an interest" in each other.

The companies will now need "prior written consent" from the CMA before taking the acquisition any further, according to a new interim order. Key to that order is that it applies to Microsoft an...

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