Cheering fans in front of a wall of entertainment images.

Microsoft's Activision Blizzard deal gets global scrutiny


Cheering fans in front of a wall of entertainment images.

Microsoft’s plan to buy video game giant Activision Blizzard for $68.7 billion could have major effects on the gaming industry, transforming the Xbox maker into something like a Netflix for video games by giving it control of many more popular titles. But to get to the next level, Microsoft must first survive a barrage of government inquiries from New Zealand to Brazil, and from U.S. regulators emboldened by President Joe Biden to strengthen their enforcement of antitrust laws. Only Saudi Arabia has announced its approval, though a pending decision from the United Kingdom to close or escalate its antitrust probe could signal what’s to come.



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