Europe and Great Britain will conduct a thorough verification of the absorption by Microsoft Corporation

Europe and Great Britain will conduct a thorough verification of the absorption by Microsoft Corpora

The absorption of the Activision Blizzard game giant by Microsoft, valued at $68.7 billion, will be subject to scrutiny by the European Union and the United Kingdom. In Brussels and London, the competition agencies fear that the deal may be anti-competitive, and as a result other companies in the game market may lose access to the Call of Duty blockbusters and other products.

Two weeks ago, the British Competition and Markets Authority.

Since the two companies announced their intentions, software and game giants' consultations with Brussels have not stopped, and this indicates that European officials will approach the case in a thorough manner, and Brussels's investigation promises to be lengthy because of the size of the transaction, the nature of the buyer and the growing concerns of competitors, especially Sony, reports the Financial Times with reference to its own sources.

The Japanese company recently accused Microsoft that the alleged future owner of Activision Blizzard was misleading the game industry and regulators about its plans to keep Call of Duty on PlayStation, a version by Sony, that the game might not be available on its consoles after three years.

The British anti-monopolists' actions point to problems that Microsoft will have to overcome to close the biggest deal – a corporation that hopes to do so by June next year, but first, there is a need for appropriate permits from the relevant agencies in a number of countries, from the US to New Zealand – a situation that is greatly complicated by the fact that many governments have now tightened the policy of absorption by technogiants.

Microsoft's competitors fear that the corporation will formulate its obligations in such a way that it will then be able to close access to major projects for other market participants, Sony and others, to guarantee that all games will remain on competitive platforms "on an equal footing and forever." Microsoft will only be able to make such commitments in the second phase of the transaction, when the independent commission analyses it in detail and is prepared to discuss possible solutions to potential problems in the area of competition.