Microsoft has allowed the deal with Activision Blizzard to be
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Microsoft has allowed the deal with Activision Blizzard to be broken and shared what would happen to Xbox if it did

Microsoft Gaming CEO Phil Spencer speaking to the publication The times commented on the difficulties in closing a deal to acquire Activision Blizzard for $68.7 billion.

    Image source: YouTube (Xbox)

Image source: Xbox

When asked by journalist The Times what Xbox expects if regulators block such an important transaction for the American platform owner, Spencer replied as follows.

“This is (Activision Blizzard – approx.) an important acquisition for us, but not a cornerstone in the long term – Xbox will continue to exist even if this deal does not go through.”Spencer assured.

Contrary to Spencer’s words, reports Video Games Chronicle Editor-in-Chief Andy Robinson “many industry experts” believe it’s entirely possible for Microsoft to sell the Xbox if the deal with Activision Blizzard falls through.

    In November 2021, Xbox celebrated its 20th anniversary.

In November 2021, Xbox celebrated its 20th anniversary.

Regulators are hampering the deal: the US FTC has filed a lawsuit against the acquisition, the UK CMA has launched an in-depth investigation and the EU has issued a formal antitrust warning to Microsoft.

The lion’s share of regulators’ fears stems from Microsoft’s transfer of ownership of the Call-of-Duty franchise, to which the platform owner can withdraw access to its competitors like Sony if it so chooses.

Microsoft has repeatedly denied such assumptions, even signing 10-year deals with Nintendo and NVIDIA to expand Call of Duty’s audience by 150 million people. Sony is not yet going on the terms of a competitor.

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