Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella is still confident that the Activision Blizzard acquisition will be approved, saying, “if this is about competition, let’s have competition.”
In an interview with Bloomberg says Nadella: “Of course an acquisition of this size is going to be under close scrutiny, but we are very confident it will go through.”
A major concern, particularly for the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) in the United Kingdom, is that the merger could be anti-competitive for the gaming industry as a whole. Nadella points to Sony, which is also making major acquisitions, such as Bungie earlier this year.
While there are concerns, Xbox’s Phil Spencer has already revealed that he would like to keep Call of Duty multiplatform for a long time to come, but added that it will be added to Game Pass to make it accessible to Xbox customers.
Other companies like EA think that a successful merger new chances can mean for their own franchises. CEO Andrew Wilson says Battlefield’s multiplatform nature could benefit from Call of Duty potentially becoming a Microsoft exclusive.