December 5, 2023

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Final week, the UK’s Competitors and Markets Authority (CMA) blocked Microsoft’s proposed $69 billion acquisition of Activision Blizzard, citing its potential affect on innovation and progress within the cloud gaming area. Shortly after the choice was formally introduced, Microsoft and Activision each confirmed that the previous can be lodging an attraction with the UK Competitors Appeals Tribunal.

Now, The Telegraph is reporting (through Yahoo! Finance) that Microsoft shall be lodging its attraction “within the coming days”. Apparently, the report additionally states that Microsoft has enlisted the providers of Daniel Beard KC, a lawyer who is understood for having repeatedly defeated the EU regulator. In keeping with the report, Beard is “a number one competitors barrister” who has “overturned multi-billion greenback penalties levied on Apple and Intel by the EU in recent times”.

Microsoft’s proposed acquisition of Activision Blizzard is going through points elsewhere as properly, with the US’ Federal Commerce Fee (FTC) having filed an antitrust lawsuit in opposition to the corporate in December in an try to dam the deal.

Just lately, it was confirmed that if the deal does fall by way of, Microsoft will nonetheless need to pay Activision a charge of $3 billion.