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EU delays Activision Blizzard decision as Microsoft offers further remedies

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EU regulators have delayed a decision on Microsoft's proposed $69BN acquisition of Activision Blizzard after the company submitted remedies in its efforts gain approval.

The European Commission had previously announced a provisional deadline of 25th April for its decision on the takeover, but, as reported by Reuters, that has now shifted to 22nd May as its reviews Microsoft's latest submissions.

Details of these remedies have not been made public, as per EU policy, but it's likely these relate to a flurry of recent deals Microsoft has signed in a bid to be seen as willing to bring Call of Duty — a particular sticking point for regulators in the EU, US, and UK — to competing services.

Following announcements it had signed ten-year deals to bring Call of Duty to GeForce Now and Nintendo platforms in February, Microsoft earlier this week trumpeted similar agreements with Ukranian cloud gaming platform Boosteroid and cloud streaming company Ubitus.

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