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Microsoft points to ‘material changes’ in bid to stop UK block on Activision deal

By Andrew Boyce and Nicholas Hirst
  • 31 Jul 2023 14:38
  • 31 Jul 2023 14:38
Microsoft has urged UK regulators not to adopt an order formally blocking its takeover of Activision Blizzard, pointing to “material changes in circumstance” since the Competition and Markets Authority vetoed the deal.
In particular, it points to agreements to make Activision games such as Call of Duty available on rival

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Andrew Boyce


Andrew is a reporter covering merger reviews and competition policy for MLex in Brussels. He joined MLex in 2015 and holds a degree and a master’s degree in history from the University of Liverpool.

Nicholas Hirst

Chief Correspondent

Nicholas covers EU merger review and antitrust investigations for Mlex in Brussels. He previously wrote about EU affairs for Politico Europe, European Voice and PaRR. After earning an LLM in European law from the College of Europe in Bruges, he spent a year working in the competition practice of a leading competition law firm in Brussels 2009-10. He graduated in modern European languages from Oxford University in 2006.

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