The tight fight between Xbox, Activision and regulatory bodies from all over the world continues, with the last round falling to that of United Kingdom.
The protagonist this time is the company that publishes Call of Duty, with Modern Warfare 2 always available on Amazon at the best price, of course at the center of discussions from the beginning.
The fulcrum remains, in fact, always the shooter saga considered too pivotal for the balance of forces at play, with the risk of an alleged monopoly around the corner. To the point of even harming players, according to the United Kingdom.
This is because Call of Duty is a brand that is too central to the gamer community, whose sales have a huge impact on the balance.
But if Activision Blizzard is torn apart, then the deal with Xbox could come to a successful conclusion.
This is the definition of the situation by the UK regulator which , as reported by PC Gamer, explained the future possibilities.
The UK Competition and Markets Authority says that if Microsoft is serious about acquiring Activision Blizzard, the way to do it is to basically dissolve Activision Blizzard.
The proposal arrived in the periodic update (find the document here) on the situation of the financial manoeuvre, in which the regulator made some proposals.
There are two ways for the Activision Blizzard Xbox acquisition to be definitively concluded with the merger, considered by the entity: structural, which modify the conditions of the proposed agreement, and behavioral strong>, where the parties involved actually promise to be good in exchange for getting permission to do what they want.
In the case of the acquisition of Activision Blizzard, the CMA cited two possible structural remedies. The first requires the partial sale of Activision Blizzard, which could sell the entire Call of Duty brand or divide the two companies between Blizzard and Activision.
Basically, the CMA will only give the green light to the agreement if the giant Activision Blizzard is torn apart, thus inevitably losing much of its economic power.
These new interactions between the parties suggest that, one way or another, we are getting to the bottom of the story. Even Bobby Kotick recently intervened, even threatening the United Kingdom.
Meanwhile Activision Blizzard is in the midst of other troubles different, and will have to pay a huge amount for the charges of the past years.