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Microsoft-Activision Deal Faces In-Depth UK Antitrust Probe

  • Tie-up will get a phase 2 CMA review unless remedies accepted
  • Watchdog says deal may harm competition in gaming markets
Activision Blizzard Inc. during the E3 Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles.

Activision Blizzard Inc. during the E3 Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles.

Photographer: Troy Harvey/Bloomberg
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Microsoft Corp.’s planned $69 billion purchase of Activision Blizzard Inc. will be sent for an in-depth review unless the tech giant offers remedies to address the UK watchdog’s concerns. 

The Competition and Markets Authority said Thursday it was concerned about a substantial lessening of competition in the gaming consoles, multi-game subscription services and cloud gaming markets. It gave Microsoft a Sept. 8 deadline to come to an acceptable agreement with the agency.