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Microsoft CEO is confident the Activision Blizzard deal will be approved

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Microsoft’s purchase of Activision Blizzard is still under scrutiny. But in a new interview with Bloomberg, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella expresses confidence in the Activision Blizzard deal getting approved.

The UK Competition and Markets Authority is investigating the deal. After an initial phase, the regulator has opted to conduct a more in-depth “phase 2” investigation.

The CMA is looking into whether the deal will have a realistic prospect of substantially lessening competition in gaming. Speaking to Bloomberg, Microsoft CEO Nadella says he’s confident the company will gain regulatory approval for the $69 billion acquisition. “Of course, any acquisition of this size will go through scrutiny, but we feel very, very confident that we’ll come out,” said Nadella.

The CEO also points to Sony, which has made a number of acquisitions itself. “So if this is about competition, let us have competition,” Nadella says.

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