EU regulators extend deadline for Microsoft, Activision deal to April 25
The European Commission has announced that it will extend the deadline for its decision on the proposed merger of Microsoft and Activision Blizzard by two weeks.
The Commission had been due to make a decision on the deal by April 3, but has now pushed the date back to April 25.
The extension comes after the Commission received a number of requests from interested parties for more time to submit their views on the deal.
The Commission is currently assessing whether the deal would lead to a “significant impediment to effective competition” in the European Union.
Microsoft and Activision Blizzard announced their intention to merge in December 2018.
The deal, which is valued at $69 billion, would see Microsoft acquire Activision Blizzard’s portfolio of games, including franchises such as “Call of Duty” and “World of Warcraft.”
The combined company would have a significant presence in the console, PC, and mobile gaming markets.
Interested parties have until April 12 to submit their views on the deal to the European Commission.