Microsoft's acquisition of Activision Blizzard faces a deep antitrust probe in the UK

Microsoft's acquisition of game publisher Activision Blizzard is expected to face an in-depth investigation in the United Kingdom after the company did not provide any remedies to ease competition concerns. Microsoft has opted not to offer any remedies to the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) at this stage because the British regulator has no plans to accept any apparent promises, the people said.

The CMA said earlier this month that Microsoft's $69 billion acquisition of Activision Blizzard would hurt competition in the console market, subscription service market, and cloud gaming market, and they believed the deal should be investigated in depth. The acquisition would hurt the industry if Microsoft barred competitors from accessing Activision's best-selling games.

Microsoft and Activision did not immediately respond to requests for comment, while the CMA declined to respond. The EU may need time to review the deal. Meanwhile, the deal is also facing in-depth investigations in Brussels over its size and growing concerns from rivals including Sony.

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