Microsoft’s Activision Blizzard acquisition is currently being investigated by European Union antitrust regulators, who have now sent out a questionnaire to developers so they can make a preliminary decision next month.
It’s been a busy week for regulators around the world as they seek to investigate Microsoft’s planned acquisition of Activision Blizzard, which has now set up a website outlining the benefits of the deal. Brazil became the second governmental regulator to approve the acquisition yesterday, which followed the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority laying down a March 2023 deadline for its decision.
The European Union is currently running its own investigations — which PlayStation’s Jim Ryan reportedly met with recently — is currently running its own investigations. Reuters has reported that the EU’s antitrust regulators have now sent surveys to developers to gauge their concerns about the record-breaking deal (thanks, GI.biz).
European developers receive a survey about Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard
The survey is said to contain around 100 questions pertaining to Microsoft’s planned acquisition of Activision Blizzard, which will aid the European Union’s antitrust regulators to make a preliminary decision next month.
The survey covers a number of topics relating to the deal, such as if Microsoft would gain any advantage in developing and publishing video games by using Activision’s user data, or if Microsoft’s Windows PC platform would gain an advantage over competitors by making Activision Blizzard’s games exclusive. Additionally, the survey asks that if Microsoft made Activision Blizzard games exclusive to its Xbox platform, would there be alternatives to compete against it, which predictably, also wants to know how much importance subscription services place on the Call of Duty franchise.
The companies receiving the survey have until October 10th to reply so that the EU’s regulators can make a preliminary decision on November 8th. The decision will be to decide whether the regulators will approve the deal or not, but the EU is expected to follow the UK in launching a second phase of investigations.