Xbox Chief Phil Spencer believes the various investigations by regulators around the world into the Activision Blizzard Takeovers are fair, but he’s confident the deal will go through.
With a deal as big as the one Microsoft is trying to pull off, it’s not surprising that it comes under a certain amount of scrutiny. The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority is concerned whether the deal will “weaken” competition, so questions remain as to whether or not it will go through. However, in a recent interview at the Wall Street Journal’s Tech Live event, Spencer said the investigations were “valid” (via VGC).
“It might come as a surprise to people, but I’m not an expert on $70 billion deals,” Spencer said. “But I know we are very focused on getting approval in key jurisdictions and I spend a lot of time in Brussels, London and with the FTC here in the US.
“But I know we are very focused on getting approval in key jurisdictions and I spend a lot of time in Brussels, London and with the FTC here in the US.” Spencer also said he was in London recently to continue talks with regulators, noting that he “remains confident that we will approve the deal.”
One of the big concerns about the deal is what will happen to the obviously massive Call of Duty franchise. At the same event, Spencer noted that Microsoft plans to “treat CoD like Minecraft,” though obviously to what extent remains to be seen (via GameSpot).
However, Microsoft’s main counter-argument is that the deal is primarily about mobile games and not titles like Call of Duty, as it’s a sector the tech company hasn’t quite cracked yet. The CMA recently said the public is now ready to give their opinion on the deal, with until March 1 of their decision on the investigation, so it’s only a matter of time before we know if it happens will or not.
https://www.vg247.com/phil-spencer-calls-investigations-of-activision-deal-warrented-still-confident-deal-will-happen Phil Spencer calls the investigations into the Activision deal “valid” but is still confident it will come to fruition