Will Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard go smoothly?we hired a lawyer

Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard is a very big deal. Microsoft spent $68.7 billion to add some of the biggest games in history to its roster, including Call of Duty, World of Warcraft, and Overwatch, as well as a massive back catalog. The deal cost nine times what Microsoft bought Bethesda, which itself was a blockbuster when it happened just over a year ago.

The deal with Bethesda was announced in September 2020, but didn’t actually close until March 2021, and Activision Blizzard doesn’t expect it to close until sometime in the company’s fiscal 2023, after clearing the required regulatory hurdles. But as the acquisition will make Microsoft the world’s third-largest gaming company by revenue, there are concerns that the acquisition could face regulatory pushback over potential antitrust violations.