It seems that the solutions recently offered by Microsoft are paying off and that the European Commission will approve the Microsoft buys Activision Blizzard. Since the agreements with Nintendo and Nvidia materialized, Microsoft has not stopped being sympathetic to the proposals of the regulators, opting for flexible solutions that demonstrate its commitment not to break the rules of competition. Not only has Phil Spencer reiterated, once again, that Microsoft will maintain the parity of Activision Blizzard games and content on the platforms, but the President of Microsoft himself reiterated that Sony was still the only one that had not responded to the offer, even if it was still standing.
To this we must add that Microsoft has proposed to the European Commission to designate a third-party, outside the entire process, as the person in charge of ensuring compliance with the impositions of the competition regulatory bodies, as an essential requirement for these say yes to the agreement. This attitude is allowing Microsoft to approach positions with the organizations and, according to Reuters, via The Verge, the European Commission would be about to accept.
The European Commission comes to its senses and will approve the purchase of Activision Blizzard, notes Reuters:
Although the European Comission If you are only one of the three regulators who must rule on the purchase, your opinion weighs heavily, as you do not stop representing the interests of 27 countries. To this we must add that, until just 3 years ago, the United Kingdom was part of the European Union, so it is inevitable that the CMA will be influenced by the decision that the European Union eventually makes.
On the other hand, it would remain to know the FTC criteria. Although it has shown itself, to date, as the least objective body and whose commitment has been questioned the most, this morning it seems to have changed its position by requesting documentation from Sony. Documentation that Sony itself refused to give up. It is possible that the accusations about partisanship and the scandals that are taking place internally, in addition to the harsh defeat in the Meta-Giphy blockade process, are favoring a change of scenery in this body. However, we will have to wait for the final decision of the three.