Prepare your consoles, folks - romance is truly blooming in the gaming world! Microsoft’s firm but fair arm, Xbox, and Activision Blizzard, a gaming Romeo and Juliet, if you will, are finally walking down the aisle. Bloomberg reports this matrimony won't be hit by any EU antitrust thunderstorms, unlike the plot of every romantic comedy ever.
Remember the good ol' days when Microsoft was courting Activision Blizzard with a $69 billion kitty? The Europeans were smitten. They gave their nod for the takeover party back in May. However, the gaming world's landscape is always shifting, a bit like SimCity on overdrive. Remember how Ubisoft threw a curveball by procuring cloud gaming rights? Everybody thought maybe, just maybe, the Europeans might come pedaling back with a rectangular box, heavy with probes against the merger.
But alas! Bloomberg, through whispers from sources anonymous (a little birdie maybe!), reports that the European Commission has decided not to play the disapproving parent in this gaming merger romance. No surprise roadblocks from the EU on the blissful couple’s way to the alter have been reported. Phew! More excuses to celebrate with extra bags of popcorn!
What about Britain, the cousin who always plays coy until the last minute at family get-togethers? Well, the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) final verdict is awaited any moment. It's all Brit suspense at the moment.
Amidst hopeless romantics, whispers of a potential marriage registration day this Friday for Activision Blizzard and Xbox is already creating giddy excitement. For those touting calendars with a red marker, the official deadline is October 18th, so keep your alarms ready!
Naturally, there is some tea spilled in the aftermath of such a grand occasion. Activision Blizzard, the blushing bride, recently revealed plans for bringing games to Xbox Game Pass, and ta-da, UK’s CMA was seen giving the wizardly green light for the merger. The duo’s love story has truly restructured the gaming world, taking 'couple goals' to a whole new level.
Now, it’s your turn. What are your thoughts on this wedded bliss? Too cheesy for a union in the gaming arena or just the perfect merger recipe? Whatever your opinions, whether you're for or against these nuptials, do drop us a comment. Stay tuned for more updates from the gaming world, the place where mystery, action, and romance come to play!
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