Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision-Blizzard approved, with commitments by EC

The European Commission (EC) has approved the Microsoft-Activision deal, conditionally, on full compliance with the commitments offered by Microsoft. The EC in its report found that the acquisition could harm competition– in the distribution of console & PC video games, including multi-game subscription services & cloud game streaming services. However, Microsoft proposed remedies, in the form of– free-licensing to consumers & cloud gaming service providers for a 10 year period, to stream all Activision-Blizzard titles on any cloud game streaming services, which are accepted by the EC.