Microsoft CEO is "very confident" the Activision deal will be approved

By Tom West,

Microsoft's CEO Satya Nadella is "very, very confident" that the company's plans to acquire Activision Blizzard will be approved, and says that the current scrutiny is to be expected.

Satya Nadella recently spoke with Bloomberg about Microsoft's acquisition of Activision Blizzard for $69 billion, saying that the current scrutiny by the UK Competition and Markets Authority is to be expected, while also commenting on Sony's recent acquisitions, saying: "If this is about competition, let us have competition."

Microsoft's Activision Blizzard deal will help the company "compete" with Sony

Speaking with Bloomberg about the recent news that UK regulators have launched a 'phase two' investigation into the deal due to competition concerns, Nadella said: “Of course, any acquisition of this size will go through scrutiny, but we feel very, very confident that we’ll come out."

Touching on the six PlayStation acquisitions since 2021, which includes most recently Bungie, Nadella said that Microsoft is either the fourth or fifth competitor in the video game industry and the number one player, Sony Group, has also made a number of acquisitions recently. "If this is about competition, let us have competition," Nadella said.

The conclusion of Microsoft's acquisition of Activision Blizzard would position the platform holder as the third largest video game company in the world, with franchises like Call of Duty and Diablo under its umbrella. The former game has been the focus of recent comments made by PlayStation boss Jim Ryan, who's concerned that Microsoft will make the series Xbox exclusive if and when the deal goes through, which is something that Microsoft's Phil Spencer has said won't happen, at least for several more years.

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Tom West
Written by Tom West
Tom has been playing video games since he was old enough to hold a controller, experimenting with systems like the Nintendo 64 and Playstation until he eventually fell in love with the Xbox 360. With a passion for the platform, he decided to make a career out of it, and now happily spends his days writing about that which he loves. If he’s not achievement hunting, you’ll likely find him somewhere in The Elder Scrolls Online.