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75% of UK Public Comments Support Microsoft Acquisition of Activision

As the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) continues to evaluate Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard, public opinion appears to be on Microsoft’s side, with around 75% of public comments supporting the merger.

The CMA has asked the public to share their thoughts on the Microsoft Activision Blizzard merger as part of its investigation into the pending acquisition. CMAs clearly It received more than 2,100 emails at this stage, stating that “about three-quarters were broadly in favor of the merger and about one-quarter were against it.”

Among the responses received and shared by the CMA as part of the briefing were comments such as “Sony and Nintendo are stronger than Microsoft in console gaming, and the merger will allow Microsoft to compete more closely.” was “This merger is a reaction to Sony’s business model for PlayStation, which has historically involved securing exclusive content and early access to popular cross-platform game franchises such as Final Fantasy and Silent Hill. “

Opponents of the merger include: “Microsoft is already dominant in PC operating systems, and this merger is an attempt to achieve a similar position in gaming,” and “This is the biggest merger in gaming history. and pave the way.” A series of potential publishers such as Take Two, EA, and Ubisoft could be acquired in the future, which will increase our focus on the market. “

The UK opened the investigation to public opinion in October after completing the first two phases of its investigation into the merger of Microsoft and Activision. The CMA continues to gather evidence and plans to release preliminary findings before its final report is still months away.

Meanwhile, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has announced plans to sue to block the acquisition, which it says remains under scrutiny as the deal is detrimental to competition in “high-end consoles and subscriptions.”

Matt TM Kim is IGN’s News can contact him @lawoftd.

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