Microsoft’s purchase of Activision Blizzard is going through in the UK (Update: It’s a done deal)

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MajorLinux - Editor-in-chief

Update (Oct. 13 10:19 am):

It appears as everyone was waking up in the US, Microsoft has announced that they have successfully closed the deal and have acquired Activision Blizzard. They were kind enough to even provide us with a trailer

Original Story:

After a bit of a dance between UK’s antitrust regulators and Microsoft, all systems are go for the purchase of Activision Blizzard for $68.7 billion. After Microsoft tossed over the cloud gaming rights to Ubisoft, regulators called it a “gamechanger that will promote competition.”

This doesn’t mean that the deal is done, however. The Federal Trade Commission is still trying to challenge the deal even after it lost a US court case to temporarily block the deal so an administrative trial could be had. While it’s all but guaranteed that Microsoft will still close the purchase, this FTC wrinkle could cause Microsoft to divest some or all of Activision Blizzard.

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Marcus Summers is a Linux system administrator by trade. He has been working with Linux for nearly 15 years and has become a fan of open source ideals. He self identifies as a socialist and believes that the world's information should be free for all.