June 9, 2023

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Acquisition of Activision Blizzard, Japanese antitrust firm gives its nod to Microsoft

Japan Fair Trade Commission, i.e. the body Japanese antitrusthas given his consent toActivision Blizzard acquisition from Microsoft. In the document with the reasons for the decision, you can read that the Authority did not find any risk of limiting competition in the respective business sectors in the event of completion of the acquisition.

the document It is an account of the work done to reach the final decision. It begins with the collection of all the necessary information, which began on June 16, 2022 and ended on July 15, 2022, with the examination of the case examined in March 2023 without identifying any risk elements.

the conclusions Derived from the commission is positive towards the deal: “The Japan Fair Trade Commission determined that the merger deal does not significantly restrict competition in certain business sectors.”

In short, Microsoft and Activision Blizzard received another important positive opinion, mainly because it comes from the home country of Sony, the company most opposed to the ongoing merger.

After a series of changes, the acquisition of Activision Blizzard by Microsoft is looking increasingly likely, even if it is not yet confirmed. A few days ago, the UK Antitrust Organization published an update on its position on the issue, completely changing course compared to the past. L’European Union It has always shown itself open to the success of the deal and there is talk of a possible agreement with the US Federal Trade Commission to avoid being sued.