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Microsoft's Activision Blizzard merger approved in South Africa

The merger has been "unconditionally approved" by The Competition Tribunal.

Chris Kerr, News Editor

July 4, 2023

1 Min Read
Key artwork for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2

South Africa's competition regulator, The Competition Tribunal, has "unconditionally approved" Microsoft's proposed acquisition of Call of Duty publisher Activision Blizzard.

The Tribunal said the reasons for its decision will be "issued in due course," but reiterated that it has approved the deal without any conditions.

The proposed $68.7 billion merger has so far been approved in a number of regions including the EU, Japan, Saudi Arabia, and Brazil

It hasn't been a clean sweep, however, with UK regulator the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) blocking the deal over fears it will allow Microsoft to dominate the nascent cloud gaming market.

The deal is also being impeded in the United States, with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) taking Microsoft to court to halt the deal.

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Chris Kerr

News Editor, GameDeveloper.com

Game Developer news editor Chris Kerr is an award-winning journalist and reporter with over a decade of experience in the game industry. His byline has appeared in notable print and digital publications including Edge, Stuff, Wireframe, International Business Times, and PocketGamer.biz. Throughout his career, Chris has covered major industry events including GDC, PAX Australia, Gamescom, Paris Games Week, and Develop Brighton. He has featured on the judging panel at The Develop Star Awards on multiple occasions and appeared on BBC Radio 5 Live to discuss breaking news.

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