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Microsoft’s $69 Billion Activision Deal Faces EU Probe

  • EU concerned deal could ‘foreclose’ access to Activision games
  • Sets March 23 deadline for so-called phase 2 investigation
A Microsoft's Xbox One video game controller. 

A Microsoft's Xbox One video game controller. 

Photographer: Michael Ciaglo/Bloomberg
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Microsoft Corp.’s proposed $69 billion takeover of games developer Activision Blizzard Inc. faces an in-depth European Union probe after regulators said they’re concerned the software giant could thwart access to blockbuster franchises such as Call of Duty.

The European Commission said in a statement on Tuesday that Microsoft may “foreclose access to Activision Blizzard’s console and PC video games, especially to high-profile and highly successful games.” The EU’s merger watchdog set a March 23 deadline for its so-called phase 2 investigation.