Microsoft CEO Confident Activision Acquisition will Secure Approval
Each day Microsoft moves closer to completing the acquisition of Activision. Industry regulators around the globe are currently reviewing the deal with a concern about the future of Call of Duty. Microsoft promised fans that any changes to Call of Duty, including the exclusive Xbox status, would not occur for “several decades” before revealing that this decision wouldn’t be financially profitable. While it is possible to determine if this is the truth, Microsoft’s CEO has provided an update on the deal’s status.
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Satya Nadella stated that he is “very confident” the Activision acquisition will be completed. He said, “Any large acquisition will be subject to scrutiny, but we feel very confident about our ability to come out.” Bloomberg noted that investors are more skeptical of the deal’s future, but Nadella is going for a more optimistic picture.
While the bodies that reviewed the deal must ensure it doesn’t monopolize the industry, companies such as Sony are worried about the implications for the future of Call of Duty. Sony previously submitted its views to Brazil’s regulatory agency.
Sony stated that Call of Duty’s wide availability “influences users’ console choice” and that it is “an essential game, a blockbuster, an AAA-type game that hasn’t had any rival.” Sony claims that making Call of Duty an Xbox exclusive would encourage people to buy Xboxes over other consoles. This argument is odd considering how many PlayStation AAA titles there are, but, understandably, PlayStation wants to keep CoD