Microsoft’s buyout of Activision Blizzard is no longer standing in the way. The regulator called Microsoft’s concession in selling cloud gaming rights to Ubisoft a “a game changer that will boost competition”. It happened to removing the last major obstacle to complete the biggest merger in gaming history.

In April, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) blocked the deal on the grounds that Microsoft would become too dominant a player in the field of cloud gaming in the market. But the CMA eventually gave Microsoft a second chance. The company took advantage of it and presented a modified agreement according to which, in the event of a merger will sell streaming rights to Activision Blizzard games to Ubisoft. Ubisoft would then have the cloud streaming rights to the current titles and any others released by Activision Blizzard over the next 15 years.

“By selling Activision’s cloud streaming rights to Ubisoft, we have ensured that Microsoft cannot have power over this important and fast-growing market,” CMA said. “With the development of cloud gaming, this intervention will ensure that people will have more competitive prices, better service and more choice.“

Even though there seems to be nothing standing in the way of the acquisition, one more obstacle is looming on the horizon – The FTC is trying to challenge the transaction. However, this effort will not prevent Microsoft from completing the acquisition, but there is a possibility that the FTC will later force the company to removed some or all of Activision Blizzard.

Source: engadget.com