Microsoft’s president to push Activision deal at EU hearing; Google, Nvidia also present

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Microsoft’s pending acquisition of game developer and publisher Activision Blizzard will be a key topic of discussion at an upcoming hearing before the European Commission, with representatives from both companies as well as Google and Nvidia also set to attend.

The meeting, which was first reported by Reuters, will focus on the EU’s ongoing investigation into the deal, which was announced last year and is still awaiting regulatory approval.

While the EU has not yet said anything publicly about the acquisition, it is not uncommon for the Commission to closely scrutinize large deals in the tech sector, particularly those that could result in a reduction in competition.

In this case, Microsoft’s purchase of one of the largest game publishers in the world could give the Redmond-based company an even larger foothold in the gaming industry, which is already dominated by Microsoft’s Xbox platform.

The Commission is expected to hear from representatives of all four companies on February 21, and a decision on whether to approve the deal is expected to be made by the end of March.

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