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Microsoft files appeal against CMA block on Activision Blizzard merger

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Nearly a full month after the CMA blocked its merger with Activision Blizzard, Microsoft is attempting to hit back. Per Reuters, Microsoft filed an appeal to the country's Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT) on May 24 in an effort to get its $69 billion deal with the Call of Duty publisher to go through.

The CAT handles appeals against CMA rulings, and only covers the merits of the regulator's original choice. Exact contents of that appeal, such as the language used or the primary argument being used, have yet to be disclosed.

Following the CMA's initial blocking, the two game companies have had some choice words about the CMA's choice. But even with the dramatics, they said they would "aggressively" work to reverse this decision.

Bobby Kotick, CEO of Activision Blizzard, later expressed confidence in their endeavors, saying he was certain "the appeals process will work in our favor."According to IGN, appeals against the CMA have a track record of being rejected.

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