Microsoft’s Activision Blizzard acquisition may not be resolved by Tuesday.

Microsoft's Activision Blizzard acquisition may not be resolved by Tuesday.

Microsoft’s Acquisition of Activision Blizzard Faces Negotiation Delays

The acquisition of Activision Blizzard by Microsoft has hit a small road bump. The UK’s Competition Appeal Tribunal has agreed to pause Microsoft’s appeal of the UK’s Competition And Markets Authority’s (CMA) decision to block the acquisition. Both Microsoft and the CMA requested more time to negotiate, throwing a curveball at the decision deadline. But hey, negotiations can be a bit of a dance, right?

You know how it goes – there are always conditions. In order for the appeal to be halted, certain evidence still needs to be provided by Thursday, July 20. So, we’ll have to wait and see if Microsoft can come up with the goods in time. This little delay might mean that the acquisition gets pushed back a smidge. Patience, gamers, patience.

According to those sneaky insiders at The Verge, the CMA has extended the date for its final order from July 18 to August 29. So, it’s looking like the deal might not get resolved until after July 18. The exact timing is still a mystery, but here’s the kicker – if the deal drags on past July 18, Microsoft might have to shell out a cool $3 billion to Activision. Ouch! That’s a pretty hefty fee for being fashionably late to the acquisition party.

We were all hoping for a swift victory lap for Microsoft after their defeat of the FTC and Activision’s removal from the NASDAQ stock exchange. It seemed like the stars were aligning for a quick and easy acquisition. But now, it seems like we might have to wait a tad longer. The gaming gods have thrown us a plot twist.

Let’s rewind a bit: in April, the CMA put the brakes on the acquisition due to concerns about a cloud gaming monopoly. Microsoft didn’t give up without a fight though – they appealed the decision soon after. Recently, negotiations between Microsoft and the CMA have made some progress, especially after Microsoft won a legal battle against the Federal Trade Commission’s temporary injunction. And there have been whispers that Microsoft might be willing to make some concessions, like a “small divestment,” whatever that means. Maybe they’re planning to bribe everyone with tacos? We can only hope.

In other news from the Microsoft headquarters, they’re shaking things up. Xbox Live Gold is bidding us farewell and being rebranded as Xbox Game Pass Core. It’s like a glamorous makeover for our beloved gaming service. And on top of that, Microsoft and Sony have struck a deal to keep Call of Duty on PlayStation. Looks like everyone wants a slice of that action-packed pie.

So, gamers, buckle up and sit tight. The Microsoft-Activision acquisition might take a little longer than we hoped. But hey, good things come to those who wait, right? Until then, let’s enjoy the new Xbox Game Pass Core and get our Call of Duty fix on whichever platform we prefer. Game on!