Microsoft's Acquisition of Activision Blizzard Cleared by South Korea

Today South Korea's Fair Trade Commission has announced that it has cleared Microsoft's proposed acquisition of Activision Blizzard.

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Sonyslave3126d ago

Yo the deal pretty much pass in all of Asia with no remedy needed lol next is the FTC which they going to lose in court or just bow out the way.

Abriael126d ago (Edited 126d ago )

AFAIK, it already passed by all Asian regulators involved. Korea was the last in the continent that still had to post its ruling.

Bathyj126d ago

It's really sad Activision is all you have to look forward to.

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Obscure_Observer125d ago (Edited 125d ago )

We got PLENTY to looking forward to as long first party games are concern in a few weeks, therefore we don´t NEED Activision/Blizzard games, since those would be just the icing on the cake.

You, on the other hand... well... let´s just say, for now, that you won´t have many first party games to play for a couple years. At least, of course, your favorite company has something secret yet to be revealed.

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Obscure_Observer126d ago (Edited 126d ago )

Final Victory in Asian Territory!

BriBri124d ago

To me, you have very strange sensibilities

ironmonkey125d ago

Haha this is your hopes and dreams.

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Workshyskiver126d ago

So far the deal has been approved by the regulators in charge of 39 countries with a collective population size of more than 2.4 billion, crazy to think the main opposition is my little island of 67 Million lol.

rakentaja126d ago (Edited 126d ago )

and the only reason the UK won't agree to the merger is because the regulator is an ex-Sony defender.

Workshyskiver126d ago

Bit of a reach. More just that the CMA wants to appear Billy big balls now its a big boy institute following Brexit, logic be damned.

DarXyde126d ago

Is it, though? It's that really the reason? Do we know that?

I tend to believe the UK has a more comprehensive approach than other western counterparts. At the very least, they run circles around the US in education. Asia I feel doesn't really care one way or the other since ABK's acquisition (or even presence) is less consequential on those markets.

Asplundh126d ago


Yet the CMA's desicion to block is because of them not being able to do basic math on the percentage of Microsoft position in cloud gaming.

Obscure_Observer126d ago

"and the only reason the UK won't agree to the merger is because the regulator is an ex-Sony defender."

Indeed. Also Googles´s defender.

Workshyskiver125d ago (Edited 125d ago )


Literally no basis or history of competent decisions from the CMA to reach that conclusion, just look at their Asda debacle.

Though thats just your bias agreeing with them as much as my bias is probably making me disagree with them.

Christopher125d ago

Looks like people are looking for a reason other than the CMA given response. Let's ignore all the lobbying Microsoft did everywhere to get it passed, especially in the U.S., let's just find that one scape goat of a reason we can for the CMA

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banger88126d ago

Great! Now we just need the North to clear it. C'mon Phil, go see Kim and chuck a Series X his way, he'd appreciate that.

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blacktiger125d ago

All part of the plan. Elite wins gamers lose. Believe it or not, Ms and Sony are into together to own everything.

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Army_of_Darkness125d ago (Edited 125d ago )

That's no true. Sony is actually in competition with MS, while ms/apple/meta/Google/tesla/ Pfizer/coco-cola are all controlled by one company(black rock) that wants to control everything. Now they are the real threat to us all.

Gravesinger_125d ago

By your Logic, if Black Rock were that powerful and wanted MS to own Act/Blizz I feel it would be relatively easy for them to get that done, unless you are also saying that the UK are the only ones standing against the massive tide that you claim Black Rock is, while every other country of economic importance has cleared this because they are **checks notes** controlled by black rock? Interesting, now I really wanna see how this play out.