U.K. Regulator Examining Microsoft/Activision Deal

Microsoft's planned acquisition of Activision Blizzard continues to draw scrutiny. GamesIndustry.biz reports that the U.K. Competition and Markets Authority is also now investigating the deal. The regulator is soliciting third-party opinions for the next couple of weeks, and will complete the first phase of this inquiry on September 1st:
The CMA has until September 1 to complete the first phase of the investigation, in which it determines whether the deal could hurt competition.

If the CMA decides the deal is anti-competitive, then it would conduct a more in-depth assessment and allow the companies to propose actions that would address the concerns with the deal.

The regulator acknowledged that some of its counterparts around the world are also looking into the deal, and it will communicate with them "as appropriate."