Microsoft is pushing back against the decision by Britain to block its $69 billion acquisition of Activision Blizzard, the company behind the popular game Call of Duty. Microsoft claims that there were “fundamental errors” in the evaluation of its cloud gaming services, which led to the veto of the deal by Britain’s anti-trust regulator, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA), in April. The CMA expressed concerns that the deal would harm competition in the emerging cloud gaming market.
Microsoft announced on Wednesday that it has filed an appeal with the Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT) challenging the ruling. The company argues that the CMA’s conclusion regarding the impact on competition in the UK’s cloud gaming market is incorrect, citing errors in the calculation and assessment of market share data for cloud gaming services.
Microsoft has presented five grounds for its appeal in total.
The decision by the CMA to block the largest gaming deal ever created strong backlash from both Microsoft and Activision Blizzard.
Meanwhile, in the United States, Microsoft faced a potential legal obstacle in its acquisition of Activision Blizzard when gamers in a private lawsuit attempted to block the deal. However, a US judge denied their request, stating that the gamers had not demonstrated irreparable harm from the merger. The plaintiffs sued Microsoft in December, claiming that the deal would harm competition.
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